Charles Merrill‘s latest act gives new meaning to “incendiary”. In an effort to protest spiritually sanctioned homophobia, Merrill tuned his ire into fire.
The 72-year old artist activist, who used to be married to Johnson & Johnson heiress Evangeline, took it upon himself to ignite an antique Qur’an valued at $60,000. He also recently used markers and scissors to edit a copy of the Bible. No surprise Merrill’s take on the protests are just as combustible as the actions themselves:
The purpose of editing and burning Abrahamic Holy Books is to eliminate homophobic hate. Both ancient books are terrorist manuals… Airplanes are flown into buildings because of words, [as are] hate crimes against gays.
Talk about an explosive statement! We understand religion can be used for evil, but Merrill seems to forget that it can also be used for good.
So, where did Merrill get the now destroyed book? The King of Jordan gave it to his late wife in the 1950s, when Evangeline traveled the world spreading the peaceful word of the United Nations.