Got a question for Oliver Stone’s son on his Muslim conversion?
Sean Stone in Tehran in 2011.
February 22nd, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Got a question for Oliver Stone’s son on his Muslim conversion?

Got a question for famed director Oliver Stone’s son, who reportedly converted to Islam last week in Iran?

Sean Stone, 27 and also a filmmaker, will be on CNN Newsroom Wednesday during the 1 PM ET hour. Post a question in comments and we may ask it during the interview.

The son of Oscar-winning director converted to Islam last week in a ceremony in central Iran, a national news agency reported.

Sean Stone became a Shiite Muslim in the city of Esfahan Tuesday and chose Ali as his new Islamic name, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

"The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with," Stone told Fars News Agency. "It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets."

He did not say why he converted.

Stone has collaborated on his father's projects. His father is Jewish and his mother, Christian.

Oliver Stone directed "Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "JFK."

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soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. *frank*

    Hi, Sean. I like your hair. What kind of shampoo and conditioner do you use?

    February 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • *frank*

      My apologies, I should have said Ali, not Sean.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      "I use Head and Boulders. Very popular brand in Iran. Especially among the sharia law crowd."

      February 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • Sean

      Simple, I stopped eatinh pork.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Pork

      Jews do not eat pork as well , what is new?

      February 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  2. sarah

    I dont understand why someone should be stigmatized for choosing a different path, if he wants to be a muslim then good on him, what right do we have to sit there and judge him? no one has the authority to do that.

    My question is, what made you want to convert to Islam? and how has this changed you as a person?

    February 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Honestly?

      Poor fellow is currently destined for hell.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • women and money

      men change only for women or money. i wonder which one he has in iran

      February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Honestly?

      Poor fellow is currently destined for hell. I imagine he thinks the same of you.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Addeen

      its islam's simplicity. once you acknowledge there is only one god, and that muhammad, jesus, abraham, adam, jacob, isaac, joseph, ismael, david, noah, solomon, are all prophets of god, then you are a muslim. its teaching can follow after this acknowledgement. you can take it slow at your own pace, like prayers, fasting, charity, hajj. no rush.

      February 26, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  3. Observer

    Sean Stone: do you personally feel that Islam has it right regarding the place and proper behavior of women?

    Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Honor Killing in USA and UK and Canada

      You will know the answer when searching for the answer when searching honor killing in USA and UK
      Men kill their relative women just for being "westernized" . Also check the latest horrific incident of killing 4 women of Afghan origin in Canada

      February 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Hmmm. I suppose its kinda hard for a westerner to understand this!! Where women support men with their wealth. So, technically, in the Western world, Jesus? has made women "excel over men" as they not only bring home the dough, they also give birth to the children and pay strangers to raise them while they are at work. Clearly, there is a stark difference of role models in the Qur'anic and the Western worldview.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • derF

      We understand what you're saying, B(iraq) Hussein Osama. It should be shameful for Americans. We call it being pussy whipped.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Muslims and their outdated ideals of "hono r". Idiots. Here in christiandom, we replaced that with "bone r" long time ago.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Honor Killing in USA and UK and Canada

      When is that said by Jesus, but in Islam Mohammad stated that "women lack intelligence and faith"
      How about marrying girls at age of 6-9 y.o. is not it Sunna and following Mohammad lifestyle as a model.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Whatever the Prophet of Islam did, he did in an honorable way. If he wanted to marry a 9 year old or a 6 year old, he went up to the parents and asked for the hand of the maiden in marriage. Unlike most christians today, who sleep with each other in dishonorable fashion, only to leave behind a trail of unwed mothers and unhappy family and a state bearing most of the responsibility of their own se xual actions.

      So, one could say that Mohammad was more christian than most of the so-called christians who criticize him today!! He had honor, which like i said, the christian world has replaced with something more like bone r.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Honor Killing in USA and UK and Canada

      petty is what you just uttered. F*&**king a 9 years old girl is moral and honor? And you are telling me muslims do not sleep with each other in dishonorable fashion. How about PLEASURE marriage-how do you define it? You make me sick

      February 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  4. bobalu

    Hi Sean
    Did you hear about the guy in Iran who was sentenced to death today by a shia Islamic court for converting from Islam to Christianity? What are your thoughts on that?

    February 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Mourning of Muharram

      As Shiite are you going to practice the occasion of mourning the killing anniversary of Hussain Ibn Ali, the center of Shiite religion? Any knives or blades prepared?

      February 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  5. David Lingwall

    How could you state today that you don't know what the Iranian President thinks about the Holocaust when he is on the record, perhaps even hundreds of time, declaring his doubt that it ever happened. Given your Jewish roots, are you aware that if you were living in Germany at the time of HItler, you and your entire family would have been sent to the camps – even your Gentile mother simply for bearing children with a Jew.

    February 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Iranian President is just another corrupt politician like Bush, Romney, Obama and the entire US Government and governments around the world. He does not necessarily reflect the intellectual thought in Iranian society.

      February 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Reality

      Dear People of Iran and all other Muslims around the globe,

      -- from the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi-–

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      February 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • DuhDuhBlahblah

      To Reality:
      Are you kidding me?
      Do you, as Muslim, really believe that Allah=Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature? Why then you are killing in the name of ALLAH the rest of population who believe in other GOD than ALLAH?

      February 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Reality


      Please re-read the Five Steps to include the conclusion:

      "Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!"

      February 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • DuhDuhBlahblah

      HamdullGOD-I have my own path and way.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • md2205

      Just to clarify: If a person has a mother who is Jewish, the child is Jewish. But if the mother is not Jewish, or wasn't converted according to Jewish law, then the child is not Jewish.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • clara h

      this is an example of self-hatred for being (even half) jewish....there are plenty more like him......there is no anti-semite worse than a jewish one.

      February 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  6. larry dillon

    You say hes a traitor?He didn't embrace Iran,or Britian for that matter.He embraced a religion.Since when in america is converting from one faith to another reason to call someone a traitor?Sounds more like religious bigotry to me.So christian of you.But what I see from other christians I'm starting believe this is the they are suppose be.How sad

    February 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Rita

      Shiite Muslims believe that destroying Israel is the only way for Imam Mahdi to show up again after disappearing for 1400 years. That is what they are preparing and committed to do

      February 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • jamal

      excellent reply. this is the beauty of america. I as a muslim love america and its people. I have seen so many revert to islam in america and become excellent ambassadors for islam to america. We all should live in harmony. No form of islam wants isreal wiped out its just the govt of iran and that too is quesionable.

      February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Species Looking Down Upon Earth From Far Beyond Arcturus

      Oh yeah, I forgot about that, jamal... Muslims don't consider it "converting" to Islam, but like to call it "reverting", since they claim that everyone was really born Muslim. You, odd, bizarre humans...

      February 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Rita

      To Jamal " No form of islam wants isreal wiped out" That is the questionable
      I hate your takkia. Practice it only on fools as Sean Stone

      February 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Morons = you can convert the dead to moronism
      Muslims = you are born a Muslim
      pretty similar i think!

      February 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • md2205

      Moslems continue to blatantly lie about their intentions to take over the world, and you can see it as jamal writes that some people have become good ambassadors about Islam to America. They want to take over America, and they will lie about it. They want to have the freedom to say all their hate talk about Christians and Jews, even talk about killing us, and then deny it baldly when asked about it. Egypt many years ago clearly said they want to drive all the Jews into the sea. And the freedoms the Moslems take advantage of here in America, they refuse to grant to others in their Moslem countries. Jews are not allowed to live in Saudi Arabia. Jews who live in other Moslem countries were not allowed to build their own houses of worship, they were kicked out of those countries after their property was taken away from them, they were thrown in jail and tortured, and all this simply because they were Jewish. Ongoing underground Moslem abuse of our freedom of religion takes advantage of our openness and naivete. Americans have to stop being naive, and start being vigilant about their freedoms.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  7. bobalu

    I got a question. How can any man of faith not condemn a brutal regime that kills and tortures its own people in the street, cheats on elections, and hangs gay people?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  8. bobalu

    Becoming a Muslim is turning your back on Christianity. He should have known this before converting and shooting his mouth off. Christians believe Jesus is Lord. Muslims believe Jesus was a profit but not devine. You can not hold one belief without dropping the other. Its that simple, and so is he.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • sam

      He's a 'profit', all right. He seems to be a profitable icon for plenty of churches. He's even on tshirts!

      February 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Rita

      To Sam – "Only in America" Jesus is profit, but for the rest of the world Jesus is the Lord

      February 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • sam stone

      "You can not hold one belief without dropping the other. Its that simple, and so is he."

      You can hold one belief without ever having held the other

      February 23, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  9. Ali

    Mr. Stone, I am an Iranian Muslim married to an American Catholic and have respect for all other religions. I am sure with your background; you also have respect for other religions. The politics of Israeli and Palestinian conflict over land and other forced wars in the region have placed a stigma on Muslims overall. I hope that your acceptance of Islam will help uplift the moderate Muslims that are good citizens of this County. What are your thoughts on the subject?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Mr. Stone

      I think I will make a movie about stupid comments on CNN message boards. You can be the main actor if you'd like.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  10. Maha

    Allahamdulilah! Congratulations on your conversion, Sir! I wish you nothing but the best.

    Love and regards from a fellow Muslim. 🙂

    February 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Rita

      What if he back to Christianity at some point in his life. What will you wish him. Death according to Islamic law, right?

      February 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Malcom

      Qur'an Surah 2 verse 256, "There is no compulsion in religion."
      Congratulations! Mashallah, Allahamdulilah!

      February 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • npr

      If there is no compulsion in your religion then why is Pastor Naderkhani and so many others imprisoned for their faith?

      February 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Ali Howard Ali Fine Ali Howard

      Allah be praised! You have been subsumed into the glorious and loving borg of Islam! Come live in the squalor and ignorance that Allah has willed for us!

      Allahmoronathon! Allahnincompoop! Thank you for legitimizing my insipid choice by making the same insipid choice!

      February 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • N

      Lets see how will peaceful muslims react for burning quran used by terrorists as a tool to deliver evil acts

      February 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  11. travis

    Why is this news? Why should i care that some guy converted to Islam?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  12. Soraya Deen

    May your voice and your work be a force to unite the Abrahamic faiths.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Rita

      Are you talking about being a Baha'ie

      February 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  13. Santiago

    Who cares if he accepted Islam the truth is we shouldnt be declaring war on Islam and thats what this country has been doing for the last 10 years. and you see it more so when it comes to Barack Obama the republican moralist believe he is attacking religion which he has not, believes he is a muslim which he clearly is not.
    our Nation has disgusted me over the last few years it just shows how much hate this Nation happens to have and the funny thing is look at the people this is coming from they speak of Morals, yet support Illegal wars, Follow a Nazi Pope, look at who they were voting for recently, Herman Cain and Gingrich and these people have the nerve to talk about Morals?

    One thing I will say Sean Stone went to a Nation and found out first hand what its people were about something that not many Americans are doing, how many of our politicians have gone over there to try and bridge the gap to prevent war? we need more open minded people like that as the far right will only lead us to an end

    February 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Rita

      Islam started the attack
      9/11 we will never forget

      February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Paul

      Sure we should. It has declared war on all other religions and those who refuse to convert to Islam. They are a religion that condones the killing of Christians and Jews. They are a religion of intolerance. Just look at the Christian minister in Iran who is going to be put to death for his Christian faith, unless he gives it up and converts to Islam. They send death squads out to kill individuals and their families if they speak out in a negative way against Allah or Mohammad. Their intent is on one world religion-Islam. They are spreading out in numbers, building numerous mosques and expanding the arm of Islam. You need to read up on this religion and their real purpose.

      February 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Paul

      "Open Minds" = Tolerance= Societal and moral destruction.

      February 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Helen

      Every religion at some point in time has had the intent of conversion, Christianity still does. Separation of church and state is an enlightened idea but relatively new and by no means universal. Europe used to be dominated by theocracies and look only to the various inquisitions to understand the price of alternative ideas during that time. Respect for a nation's culture and religion means respect for beliefs and laws. I don't think Iran is a place for a Christian, particularly considering that one of the roles of a christian minister is to convert others.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      America has nt declared war on Islam. I dono where you got that from. Our president was virtually on his knees kissing the Saudi king's but t, not that long ago, to show we are not at war with Islam.

      We are fighting oil wars to control the supply of world oil, it just happens that most of the oil is in Islamic lands. Islam is just the innocent bystander dragged into this conflict.

      Yes, the christian right is fighting Islam, but the Christian Right is a dying hypocritical breed, dying a slow death in America after having totally disappeared from its ancestorial homeland in Europe. We shall just have to put up with their war on Islam until they totally disappear from America in a 100 years.

      February 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      "'Open Minds' = Tolerance= Societal and moral destruction."

      Closed Minds = Dogma Drones

      February 23, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  14. JK

    Sean Stone! You are amazing. I just saw you on CNN and appreciate your views and words immensely. Thank you for being a voice of reason and compassion.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Rita

      What views did you appreciate exactly? He said nonsense and uttered things he does not understand

      February 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Wipster


      I agree with your comments 100%. I believe Sean Stome understands more about the western religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam than most Jews, Christians, and Muslims, I am frankly disgusted with most of the comments of the folks on this blog, it's obvious they didn't listen to a word he said, For one thing, Sean did not "cpnvert" to Islam, he accepted it, in that he understands that Muhamed is prophet in the same way as all them in the Old Testement and yes, even Jesus. Most Christians would be shocked to know that the religion of Islam accepts the Old Testement and accepts Jesus... Allah is just their name for the same god that Jews and Christians worship.

      I would like to hear more from Sean Stone, he really impressed me this morning, even though Fredrica seemed a bit testy. If only the three main western religions would celebrate how much they have in common rather than concentrating in their differences, we would have a much more peaceful world.

      February 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  15. Brons

    What a f****** phony!!!
    Does this get his name in the paper an extra day?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Major Matt Mason

      He's a media darling in Iran. Sean Stone is the new Lord Haw-Haw.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      You mean the new Lauren Booth.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  16. Mr Stones an idiot

    Sean Stone.... Seriously, you wanna go be a muslim, go to iran to do it, you sound like a F@#king traitor!!! Listening to you talk on CNN make me wanna F@&King VOMIT!!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  17. Rita

    Why Shiite not Sunni Islam?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  18. Portland tony

    Why do celebrities or their offspring or their publicists have to make a big deal out of nothing ?

    February 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  20. M.D.

    what did you learned from Islam that made you convert ?

    February 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
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