Activist Burns Rare & Expensive Koran to Make Statement

Statement indeed!
An invitation to a fatwa…

Artist, atheist and gay activist Charles Merrill enjoys a moment of peace in Venice.

Charles Merrill, the extravagant artist and gay rights activist, burned a $60,000 copy of the Koran to protest Islam’s stance on gay rights.
Via ROP and PR Newswire:

Charles Merrill, the artist who recently edited the Holy Bible with a black marker and pair of scissors, has lately burned a rare Islamic Holy Book, The Koran, valued at $60,000.00, in an undisclosed Chicago location. “The purpose of editing and burning Abrahamic Holy Books is to eliminate homophobic hate,” Merrill stated. “Both ancient books are terrorist manuals.”

He continues, “I inherited the rare Islamic book from my late wife, Evangeline Johnson Merrill. As the daughter of the founder of the international pharmaceutical giant, Johnson and Johnson, Inc., doors of kings and queens opened to her around the world. Evangeline was given the rare manuscript by the late King of Jordan when she was on a mission for the United Nations in the 1950’s.”

“Airplanes are flown into buildings because of words, and hate crimes against gays,” Merrill said.

I’m guessing this was not one of Mr. Merrill’s smartest moves… Historically, the reaction from burning a Bible is not exactly the same reaction one receives when one burns a Koran.

Related… Man arrested for flushing Koran— in New York!

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