NEW YORK, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
Merrill is a self-made millionaire, artist, fervent atheist and cousin
of the co-founder of Merrill Lynch.
Broadway Gallery is pleased to present Charles Merrill, artist, gay
activist and iconoclast. Merrill's exhibition incorporates themes of LGBT
activism and the spiritual customs associated with indigenous cultures in
Using boldly colored acrylic and oil paint on large canvases, many are
geometric compositions with recurring motifs of triangles, circles, lines,
and arrows. The upside-down pink triangles in his work originate from a
sinister source -- it was the emblem that gays had to wear in Nazi
Notably, another form of Merrill's activism is his altruism. All
proceeds from works sold at his show at Broadway Gallery benefit the
Williams Institute UCLA Sexual Orientation Legal Think Tank. Merrill wants
"to make social change, educate, to leave the world a better place for the
next generation of oppressed people." Merrill can be located on the
Internet at http://www.merrillcharles.com.
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