February 22nd, 2012
09:21 PM ET

Oliver Stone's son on 'accepting Mohammed'

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.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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    April 12, 2012 at 4:51 am |
  2. Saravanan

    On the contrary, Muslim salrhcos have always pointed out with pride that it was a miracle for an illiterate to memorize such a huge volume of Souras (Koranic chapters) and thousands of verses.In pre-literate times this sort of feat was not altogether uncommon. The ancient Greek aoidoi (literally, singers ) were between a handful or two of them able to sing the entire Homeric Odessy or Illiad. Much like Ray Bradbury's book people , these individuals used assorted mnemonic devices of cadence and rhyme to memorize and retrieve voluminous passages of ancient texts. That Muhammad managed to do so several centuries later is of no great import.I refer you to untold numbers of modern musicians who can from memory alone summon up hundreds of songs, along with their instrumental music, at a moment's notice. The current term is "eidetic memory", something that I am often accused of possessing and usually in far less complimentry terms.Al-Marri accused it of dividing mankind into two groups: One intelligent without a religion, and the other religious without intellect .Now, that's going to leave a mark! Men if you doubt the Resurrection remember that We first created you from dust, then from a sperm, then from a clot of blood, then from a half-formed lump of flesh, so that We might manifest to you Our power. Nothing like covering all the bases biological or otherwise just in case.Has anyone else here heard of the legend that, between his shoulder blades, Muhammad had a mole the size of a pigeon's egg? Cancer of the brain much like that of Ted Kennedy would go a long way towards explaining things.

    March 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  3. The True one

    allah is the Devil and mohammed is his son .....

    February 29, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  4. Mark

    For him to say that Isalm is a continuatioin of the Judeo-Christian tradition simply means he is totally and absolutley ignorant of both the Judeo-Christian tradition and the teaching of Islam. They cannot be further apart.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Islam = Judaism for the Gentiles
      Christianity = Roman Paganism for the Gentiles

      February 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  5. pico

    I don’t see any difference between you all of you and the Taliban
    just hate from different angle

    Peace from a moderate Muslim

    February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    Muhammad, God’s enemy

    Introduction: Although I sharply criticize the Islamic doctrine, I love my Muslim neighbours, according to Christ’s command. Christianity is the religion of love. Hate is prohibited. Of course, nevertheless we are allowed to check out the sometimes strange beliefs of our neighbours.

    I have read the whole Koran once, and I am reading it now the second time. I get more and more shocked about the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish character of the Koran.

    First time, when I read the Koran, it became immediately clear that the Koran rejects the Trinity (doctrine of the Trinity is the basic doctrine of Christianity) and the divine sonship of Jesus Christ (also a basic doctrine of Christianity). There is no doubt at all that Muhammad rejects Christianity and Judaism, that is absolutely obvious. Have a look on the following suras of the unholy Koran:

    (Note: “Messiah” means Jesus Christ, “People of the Scripture” are Jews and Christians)

    Sura 4, Verse 171:

    O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.

    Sura 5, Verse 72:

    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.

    Sura 9, Verse 30:

    And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!

    Everybody, claiming Islam would be harmless, after he has read the above verses, should undergo a medical check of his head.

    But the three verses above are not the top of Muhammad’s wickedness.

    The crucial malice of Muhammad is his following statement: Jews and Christians are former Moslems, having turned apostate. He even claims that Abraham, Moses and Jesus had been Islamic leaders or teachers, which were highly acknowledged by Allah. The pupils of Abraham, Moses and Jesus were actually Moslems, but because they were not obedient to the teachings of Abraham, Moses and Jesus, God degraded them to Jews and Christians.

    So, that is without limit. Muhammad calls us apostates. Thus, in Muhammad eyes we have no more right to live and in his eyes we are garbage.

    Actually, to understand Muhammad’s crucial malice, you had to read the Koran yourself, because the wicked doctrine is somewhat hidden. Maybe the verses Sura 2, V. 87-91 are a hint:

    Verse 87: And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignty), and We supported him with the Holy spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

    Verse 88: And they say: Our hearts are hardened. Nay, but Allah hath cursed them for their unbelief. Little is that which they believe.

    Verse 89: And when there cometh unto them a scripture from Allah, confirming that in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there cometh unto them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers.

    Verse 90: Evil is that for which they sell their souls: that they should disbelieve in that which Allah hath revealed, grudging that Allah should reveal of His bounty unto whom He will of His slaves. They have incurred anger upon anger. For disbelievers is a shameful doom.

    Verse 91: And when it is said unto them: Believe in that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We believe in that which was revealed unto us. And they disbelieve in that which cometh after it, though it is the truth confirming that which they possess. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Why then slew ye the prophets of Allah aforetime, if ye are (indeed) believers?

    So, Muhammad made a mistake. He saw that the practical behaviour of Jews and Christians did not always go together with their faith or what they claimed to believe. Of course, it is regretable that we don’t behave perfectly always, but this doesn’t authorise Muhammad to judge us like criminals. Not at all! All people have ever sinned, despite their belief: The Jews, the Christians and the Moslems.

    At the time when Mohammed lived, papacy come into being (yet some time before the Roman bishops had been called popes, but this meant something like daddy, because they were really loveable people, helping their folk. First after Pope Gregory the Great the meaning of the word pope changed and become the name of people, who dared to claim that they would be bishop of all bishops). It is really possible that Mohammed was disturbed by the first wicked popes, besides Phokas was the Byzantine emperor. Phokas was a beast like Nero or Adolf Hitler. He was an ancient Hitler. It is possible that he has commited a lot of crimes in Arabia during Muhammad’s lifetime and Muhammad draw his conclusions about the so-called Christians.

    I will still love my Muslim neighbours, but their faith I must reject.

    Every Muslim should become a Christian right now!


    As I have mentioned above, I am reading the Koran second time. Every now and again I will insert additional malicious statements of Muhammad, which I have encountered in the unholy Koran:

    Firstly, Muhammad daresays, on the cross not Jesus had died, but a person, resembled to Jesus.

    Sura 4: Verse 157:

    And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger – they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.
    ( سورة النساء , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #157)

    The crucifixion of Jesus is the center of Christianity. Without Christ’s atonement, there would be not forgiveness and no deliverance. We would be hopeless people.

    Secondly, guess, what is the worst sin in Muhammad eyes? Answer: Incredible, the worst sin in Muhammad eyes is it to believe in Jesus Christ:

    Sura 5: Verse 72:

    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #72)

    Thirdly, Muhammad claims, the gospel (part of the the New Testament) would command to slay in the way of Allah. This statement of Muhammad is extremly outrageous. The gospel is a message of love and not of hate. Muhammad perverts the gospel. Muhammad, indeed, was an incarnated devil.

    Sura 9: Verse 111:

    Lo! Allah hath bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be slain. It is a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah and the gospel and the Qur’an. Who fulfilleth His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that ye have made, for that is the supreme triumph.
    ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #111)

    Sura 9: Verse 29:

    Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.
    ( سورة التوبة , At-Taubah, Chapter #9, Verse #29)

    Interpretation of Sura 9: Verse 29:

    “Have been given the Scripture” are Jews and Christians, “believe not in allah nor the Last Day” are Jews and Christians, messenger = Muhammad, “Religion of Truth” = Islam, tribute = tax. Hence, Muhammad commands to conquer Christian and Jewish countries. Muhammad commands aggressive war. At least he is so “merciful” to allow that people pay a tax, instead to convert to Islam.

    Fourthly, Muslims are forbidden to be friends of Jews and Christians.

    Sura 5: Verse 51 of the unholy Koran:

    O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #51)

    Note: “O ye who believe” are Muslims.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    The mass media are about to make us completely mad.

    They report that some editions of the "holy" Koran were burned and they say it in a tone of voice as if a second Fukoshima had occured and many people had died again.

    At the same time they report that two soldiers (anyway two human beings, loved by God) had been killed in a tone of voice as if a sack of rice had fallen over in China.

    Sorry, what is worse?

    The burning of a book or the death of two beloved human beings?

    Seemingly the mass media are infected by the Islamic virus of madness: The Muslims love a ridiculous book more than human beings.

    That the Islam legalizes violence and murder in religious connections or matters is a clear evidence for its falseness.

    The Islam cannot be a divine belief, but, I say, it is a product of hell.

    Muhammad rush in history and nobody had expected him. He came directly out of the darkness like a demon. He was a man, which was led by his basest instincts. He spread his religion by using the sword.

    In contrast Jesus Christ was predicted by the prophets of the Old Testament. Jesus wrought plenty of miracles. Jesus doctrine fit together with the doctrine of the Old Testament. Jesus used no violence. Jesus cured people and made them happy, but he did not slay people. Jesus finally resurrected from the dead, which was the greatest miracle of all history. By this was finally proved the divine sonship of Jesus Christ. He is Lord and God for ever and ever (in contrast little Muhammad's body was eaten by dogs).

    The Islam has no roots in Judaism, which was the age-old legitimate religion. The Islam is a distortion of both Judaism and Christianity and thus the Islam is a meaningless fraud.

    In contrast Christianity is the legitimate successor of Judaism. Strictly speaking there was never a difference between true Judaism and Christianity. It was always true that people had to be saved by faith in Christ (also the believers of the Old Testament). Never someone was saved by keeping the law, because nobody can and ever could keep the law by natural strength. Jesus was a Jewish King, a descendant of David, which is a further connection to good old Judaism. Jesus was first sent to the Jews and the first Christians were converted Jews (strictly speaking they had not to convert, but just to accept their Messiah Jesus from Nazareth).

    I don't hate Muslims, but the Islam. Muslims are beloved human beings despite their false belief.

    It is my prayer that the God of Israel and the Christian God may give the real faith to the poor Muslims, which have gone astray.

    The danger of Islam: The Koran requires Muslims to conquer Christian countries and to make the Christians their slaves or to kill them. The Koran condemns everybody, who believes that Jesus is the eternal Son of God. The Koran condemns everybody, who believes that God is a Triune God. The Koran denies that Jesus died for us on the cross and has borne our sins there. The Koran condemns Christians as people, which have turned apostate (from the Religion of Truth, which is Islam in Koran's sight). The Koran prohibits friendship between Muslims and Christians.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • dark paul

      As an Atheist, I have no more use for Muslim beliefs than I do for Christian or Jewish mythology, but I agree with you that Islam is the most dangerous of all "religions" as it advocates death to non-believers. There can be no peace in the world until Islam is destroyed completely.

      February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  8. Urananus

    Love u sean stone

    February 24, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  9. Urananus

    I dont get why Piere cut him short in an interview thats just embarrassing on CNN's part cuz ... i noticed it ....Noticed what u efin did n that there is manipulating the truth...which is what u do w/ everything

    February 24, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  10. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? -->>>>>

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?->>>>>

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Until then, no Muslim to include O. Stone's son can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    February 24, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      >> What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

      poor american foreign policy in the middle east?

      February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Reality

      o On the koranic passages and world domination:
      "Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like

      a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.

      In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.

      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

      A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

      Don Richardson

      February 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  11. jfiosi

    Happy to see that the interviewer was not rude or stingy with response time. I think some people miss the point that Islam, Judaism and Christianity are, were, and always have been the religion of the same one God, which Sean Stone articulated. And he is right, where is the meaningful dialogue (on Palestinian rights and self-rule, Israeli rights and fears, disputed topics like the Holocaust, etc.)? There are people who have hidden and not so hidden agendas who spend time, money and effort at undermining peace between peoples. And, we need to ask, what did Mahatma Gandhi really mean when he said 'I’m Hindu, a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim and a Buddhist'?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • BOBDOG

      " I think some people miss the point that Islam, Judaism and Christianity are, were, and always have been the religion of the same one God." Well, that's just not true. Keep singing KumBahYa....

      February 24, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      In the AD0s Judaism accepted Xnity as a Jewish sect. Xtians still worship on Sundays so that Jewish Xtians can attend synagogues on Saturday. Islam is 6th century founded in Saudi Arabia n has always seen X'nity n Judaism as apostates. You cant be Jewish X'tian Muslim cos of Moslem hostility.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  12. Anon

    What's the point of joining a women hating religion.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      Islam is actually a woman loving religion. Starting from the very top, Muhammad had, i dono, like ten wives or something. why would you have ten wives if hated women? you would have ten hoo kers instead, pump and dump, western style.

      only an idiot would call islam, women hating! islam gives women respect and dignity, something they have been denied for most of their history and even to this very day.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Anon

      Up yours too, you Taqiyya spewing POS.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
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