February 22nd, 2012
09:21 PM ET
By Dan Merica, CNN
(CNN) – A week after news outlets reported on the conversion of Oliver Stone's son Sean to Islam, Sean denied he'd converted while also saying he has "accepted Mohammed."
“I happen to agree with what Mahatma Gandhi, he said 'I’m Hindu, a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim and a Buddhist,'” Stone said in an interview with CNN.
But Stone also referred to himself as a Muslim, calling Islam “an extension of the Judeo-Christian heritage. Mohammed is a prophet in that same line going back to Abraham.”
Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported last week that Sean had converted to Islam, and news outlets around the world picked up the the story.
But in the Wednesday CNN interview, Stone said he did not “feel like I have become a Muslim.”
“I don’t feel Muslim any more than I am Christian or Jewish,” Stone told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield. Stone, whose mother is Christian and father is Jewish, went on to say that he believes he worships the same god as he always has.
“I reaffirmed my faith in that one god,” he said. "And I think my purpose in this sense is to help explain Islam to Americans and to the west."
Stone was educated at Princeton University and Oxford University and studied the Quran at both schools. He said those experiences, coupled with ability to see Islam practiced on a day-to-day in Iran, put him on the path towards Islam.
Stone told CNN that he believes that what he did was to state his belief in Islam publicly, but not to renounce his former faith. Stone said his decision stemmed from a desire to educate people about Islam, to "let them see it is not a religion of fanaticism.”
Stone was in Iran to shoot a documentary about the country. In the process of shooting the film, Stone was able to set up a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“He told me personally, no bomb, no bomb,” Stone said. “I do defend the nation state, their national right to have nuclear power. And if that means a nuclear bomb as well, I defend that right.”
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