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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  1. sunflowerchong

    I admire your courage to speak the truth on the nuclear issue in Iran. You are truly a child of God and you are here for a higher purpose to bridge the great divide between Muslim and the west. I hope you can visit http://dearmmlee.wordpress.com . I am calling for support for a Palestinian state.

    February 24, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • What

      It is either you are ignorant or pretending it. Palestinians themselves do not want to have a State simply because there will be an internal fights between Fatah and Hamas , each wants to control and have the power. Remember what happened when Hamas won the elections, Fatah rebelled against people's wish and took over the west bank region and left Gaza under Hamas control. Also when Fatah and Hamas differences reached to its climax they started to kill each other in 2008-2009.
      PS. All of you , including Sean Stone, do not talk about something if you have no clue of its history, current events, and culture

      February 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  2. Joe

    an Iranian provincial court has ordered the execution by hanging of an Iranian Pastor: his crime?...converting from Islam to Christianity. Even as this atrocity is set to take place, with the world sitting idly by, we have to deal with Oliver Stone's white privileged son parading around as an apologist and defender of a holocaust denying lunatic (President of Iran) who has publicly stated he wants to "wipe Israel off the map"...all the while developing the nuclear means to do so. This is the world we live in...and the kicker? Stone, a Jew, converts to Islam as he hits the media circuit to defend the neo hitler leader of modern day Persia. Yup. CNN should pull the archive tape of Ahmadinejad telling Larry King he wanted to see more evidence before he believed in the Holocaust. He wasn't quite convinced. Show that to Stone.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:45 am |
  3. Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

    I'm fine with him converting to Islam, but I'm not okay with where. Iran? Are you kidding? What are you trying to be, some kind of terrorist? If you want to convert to Islam, why not convert in a nicer country to Americans like America itself?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:45 am |
  4. MdM

    I heard Sean also 'converted' to the new black panther movement too, just like sean penn.

    February 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  5. Stan

    When it comes to war mongering CNN is right up there with fox, piers is just salavating at the thought of war with Iran

    February 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  6. John from Toronto

    Just watching the interview. Like father, like son. Doesn't have a clue.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Cara

      Really, he is far more educated on the fear mongering Piers Morgan is talking about. I think everyone needs to truly educate themselves on the start of war in Iraq, the power and influence of Israeli lobbies, Islam, and Iran itself. I am really getting more and more disgusted with the content of stories on CNN. Are they TRYING to fall in the ranks of the garbage spewed on Fox news. Educate your staff!

      February 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • He has no clue

      I agree he does not seem to know what is he talking about and that only means he was converted and sympathized with Iran and Islam for the wrong reasons/fame, being different,troubled, women,money,oil shares

      February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  7. Bob Jack

    Is this a publicity stunt?

    February 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  8. vicky

    Ok I apologize, my comments show up on the top of the page, instead of the bottom of the page. apologies..

    February 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  9. vicky

    why is it that my post is not showing, ??? I am saying that the penalty for leaving Islam is death.. are u afraid of posting this or are u not want me to post this?

    February 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  10. vicky

    Does SEan Stone4 know that the penalty for leaving Islam is death? Does he know whats happening in Iran with Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani? He is sentenced to death for being a Christian. Is Sean Stone ok with this?

    February 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  11. vicky

    Well, Does Sean know that the penalty for leaving the Islam religion is death? Doesn't he see what's happening with Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani in Iran. He is sentenced to death for being a Christian? And he is ok with that?

    February 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  12. Bahai

    Mr. Stone. Are you embracing Bahaie belief?

    February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  13. jaytee

    so how many questions has he got so far?

    February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • jlv

      Are you asking him that or just in general?

      February 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 23, 2012 at 6:55 am |
  15. Kebos

    Stone converted for one simple reason – publicity.

    Which he got.

    February 23, 2012 at 6:08 am |
    • sam stone

      and you know this how?

      February 23, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • jlv

      He did it publicly and in Iran which is in the middle of controversy and in the news regularly. He could have converted a million other places privately, but instead chose to make a big deal of it by a public ceremony. He also said he was not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, but instead he was believing Mohammed and the other prophets. Since Christianity and Judaism don't reckognize those prophets, he in affect would be abandoning the teachings of those religions. And since Islam expects you to submit to its beliefs his statement about not abandoning those other religions is in affect contermanding Islamic teachings. So in effect there is more evidence for him doing it for publicity than not.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

      Oh, so he's multireligious. Welcome to the crowd, then. 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  16. 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 23, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • md2205

      You can't use logic to deflect a person from the gains he perceives he will have. In Islam, a man is allowed to marry up to four women at a time, even without the other wives' knowledge, and he is allowed to have relationships with anyone he wishes. If it is outside marriage, only the woman will be punished, and not him. He is the boss over his household to such an extent that he can tell his wife who to be friends with, what to wear, where she may not go, and etc. He can beat her if he is not happy with her for any reason. He doesn't have to divorce her and if he doesn't, she may not remarry. Women can never protest these types of abusive treatment because they suspect each other and cannot connect, because each is put in a position of having to suspect any other woman, even their friend, of attracting the eye of their husband and even of marrying their husband without them knowing it. Women can be killed for behaving contrary to the wishes of the men in their family. Women in Moslem countries are so oppressed it is shameful that no feminists from America address it, because the oppressed women themselves are not able to. There is no accountability, because if he wants to abuse or kill his wife, he justifies it by blaming her behavior. All he needs to live by is intimidation, not maturity.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • Reality

      Add to that the following:

      o Islam gives women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."

      ref: Washington Post book review.

      some excerpts:

      "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

      "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

      "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

      "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

      From Wikipedia:

      "In 2005, Ayaan was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[4] She has also received several awards including a free speech award from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten,[5] the Swedish Liberal Party's Democracy Prize,[6] and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship.[7] In 2006 she published a memoir. The English translation in 2007 is ti-tled Infidel.[8] As of 2012 Hirsi Ali is a fellow at the American Enterprise Inst-itute, a conservative think tank, and lives in the United States.[9][10]"

      February 23, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Alabama for Jesus

      @ md2205
      >> In Islam, a man is allowed to marry up to four women at a time, <> and he is allowed to have relationships with anyone he wishes. If it is outside marriage, only the woman will be punished, and not him.<> He is the boss over his household to such an extent that he can tell his wife who to be friends with, what to wear, where she may not go, and etc. <> He can beat her if he is not happy with her for any reason. <> He doesn't have to divorce her and if he doesn't, she may not remarry. Women can never protest these types of abusive treatment because they suspect each other and cannot connect, because each is put in a position of having to suspect any other woman, even their friend, of attracting the eye of their husband and even of marrying their husband without them knowing it.

      >> Women can be killed for behaving contrary to the wishes of the men in their family. <> Women in Moslem countries are so oppressed it is shameful that no feminists from America address it, because the oppressed women themselves are not able to. <<
      most Americans don't give a schit about Muslim women OR MUSLIM men!!! They bomb Muslim men with drones and then want their feminists to worry about the Muslim women, who are now without a man in the house to provide food for them??? I hope the irony does not escape you!!

      February 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Reality

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      February 24, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  17. Sarah

    For civilised people, a lot of you are acting barbaric. If the man wants to be a muslim what's it got to do with you? It's his life

    February 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • jlv

      I believe this has more to do with the fact that he is making a specticle of his conversion by making it public and going to a country that is in the middle of heavy controversy. Personally I could care less if he converted to Yezidism or Heavens Gate, but the timing and public nature bring it all into question.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  18. OLE

    Question: Have you looked into sunni Islam? Most people convert to Sunni Islam, converting to shii islam is a bit unusual, was it your connection to Iran that inspired you???

    February 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  19. OLE

    Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul jabbar, David Chappell, Shaquille Oneal, AR Rahman (mozart of India and a born hindu),
    Cat Stevens, Liam Neeson (recently mentioned that he call to the prayer inspires him to become a muslim) and the list goes on and on.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • who cares

      And who cares. I have better people friends who became Christians...So?

      February 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • jlv

      Yes but all those people you mentioned didn't go to camps in Afganistan to convert to Wahabism did they. Mr. Stone intentionally went to a country that is in the middle of controversy to convert to the brand of Islam practised there. He could have just as easily and less controversially converted to Shia Islam in the United States or anywhere else in the world or any other time if he just absolutely had to convert in Iran, but he specifically picked to convert publicly in Tehran, Iran in the middle of a dispute with the UN over its nuclear program. I mean the man could have converted in Iraq, they have a huge Shia population and many Shia Holy Sites.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  20. Starr

    Islam goes beyond what some religions do: it's not just about going to a house of prayer and 'belonging' to that group, but it's also about a way of life. For example, Islam gives advice on economic matters, what to eat, how to specifically split up inheritance, how to choose a spouse, etc. How do you think this new way of life will impact you as a convert?

    February 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Bizarre

      Yes, there are even rules for using the bathroom - you must enter with your left foot and exit with your right foot, never be watched in there, wear shoes, use only your left hand, pray away the jinns and devils who live in there.... and many more.

      February 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Kebos

      Enter with your left foot and exit with your right..........

      And everyone doesn't find Islam whacky? More proof for the gullibility of the human mind.

      February 23, 2012 at 6:13 am |
    • sam stone

      all religion is goofy, to some degree or another.

      February 23, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • jlv

      I think a better question is, when all the saber rattling is over with what will be the next religion you choose to convert to?

      February 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

      I'll make up my own religion. "An you harm none do what you wilt." 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 3:49 am |
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