the out Palm Springs artist who recently gained
notoriety for editing the Bible with a black marker and a
pair of scissors, recently made a statement against
Muslim homophobia by burning an antique Koran valued
at $60,000. "The purpose of editing and burning
Abrahamic Holy Books is to eliminate homophobic hate,"
Merrill stated in a press release posted online. "Both
ancient books are terrorist manuals."
He inherited the
book from his late wife, Evangeline Johnson
Merrill--daughter of the founder of international
pharmaceutical conglomerate Johnson &
Johnson--who was given the valuable text by the
king of Jordon during a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
flown into buildings because of words, and hate crimes
against gays," Merrill said in the press release.
to the cofounder of Merrill Lynch, has become
famous--and at times infamous--through his
art, which incorporates the themes of LGBT activism
and homophobia. (The Advocate)