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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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Guest

    Just watched Sean Stone on Piers Morgan... the propaganda surrounding Iran's nuclear development is very unsettling and dangerous...has Piers not observed how some countries are permitted to have nuclear energy(and weapons) but others are denied??? Who has the right to decide? Oh, that's right: the country with the most–must be the U.S. Such ethnocentric hypocrisy! Scientists in Iran are being murdered...outrageous! Most of the developed world recognizes the need for a variety of energy sources...killing those with the brains to help solve these issues is an international shame. It is a very sad point in history when the threat of a third world war is becoming conceivable and we will likely rely on Russia and China to decide not to engage.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Keith

      You'll just have to get over it. I'm not willing to take the chance that they won't use them on us. You can call it hypocricy all you want-I could give a crap less what people like you think when our safety is at stake. We don't live in the Utopia that you seem to think we do.

      February 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  2. Keith

    Is Stone's idiot son running for circuit judge in Mechanicsburgistan, PA? He's bound to be a shoe in.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  3. doctore0

    Islam ChrIstlam.. How can anyone belief this stuff; Man the year is 2012, not 12.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray changes things .

    February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  5. sk

    He is right true religion is to believe and obey only one God. Every time humanity deviated from this path, God sent down His of prophets (Noah, Ibrahim, Mosses Jesus and Mohammed were among thousands) who carried this single message to the whole humanity (And they all had the highest moral standards). That is the message of Islam.

    [Quran 2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in God, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

    “Proclaim, He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him." [112:1]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “…anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. And anyone who spares a life, it shall be as if he spared the lives of all the people....." Qur'an [5:32]

    [Quran 6:116] If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.

    Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous. Quran [5:46]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Observer

      Jesus was not a Prophet. Do not blaspheme.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Islam is one sick crew

      This post is from an idolatrous Muslim, following the satanic verses and a false god.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Simple Sandy

      "Thank you sk." I will check out this website as my unabated thirst for "Spiritual" knowledge (from All Cultures) can never be quenched within this (my) lifetime.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:12 am |
  6. Rev. Rick

    God is not a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu or a Muslim. God is simply God. All religions, and denominations of religions, are man-made. Each religion claims that their particular scriptures are divinely inspired by God. If that is true, God is going to an awful lot of trouble to confuse us, divide us, and create havoc amongst his children. Somehow I doubt God is doing this. It is simply human beings that create pain, misery and suffering in the world. It cannot be blamed on God, or the devil. It's just us.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Steve

      That makes you agnostic!

      February 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ Steve – I am not agnostic. You need to re-read my post.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Steve

      Yes, you are! Read your own post.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ Steve – An agnostic is somewho who believes that it's not possible to know if God exists. I clearly stated that God is simply God. This admits that He exists but that He cannot be blamed for the misery here on earth, so agnosticism is automatically off the table. Come back to the discussion when your reading comprehension is better.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Steve

      You can kick and scream all you want but you are a agnostic at best a secular humanist because you believe in God. Who is that God? Ra? Sun God? Moon God? Allah? Vishnu?

      February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      Oh, Steve, Steve, Steve – You said, "...you are a agnostic at best a secular humanist because you believe in God..." So, Steve, how could I be an agnostic if I believe in God? You said it not me, but please make up your mind. Perhaps the term you are looking for is deist? As an ordained minister I believe I know what I believe, and so far you have missed on all counts, but you are welcome to keep trying until you get it right!

      February 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Steve

      u still kicking and screaming, I see you evaded that question, eh 😉
      Which God do you worship?- Thor?, Ra? Sun God? Brahma? or Allah?

      February 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      Hahaha! Steve, you appear to be the one kicking and screaming, and repeating yourself endlessly...By the way, Ra is the Egyptian Sun God (so you can stop being redundant). There is only One God but you appear to be familiar with several more. Yawn......I have grown bored now with your yipping. Goodbye, Steve. Good luck with your 4th grade paper on religion. You have much to learn, grasshopper.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Steve

      Ricky-Why are you so dishonest by not answering the simple question?
      For the millionth time again -Which God is it that you worship?-Sun God, Ra, Moon God, Thor, Vishnu or Allah?
      This time come back with an answer not the same buncombe that you are used to.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • boocat

      I don't think you know what a deist is either. Albert Einstein,who was a deist, said "I believe in a god that manifests itself in the universe and not in a god that is concerned with the day to day doings of man." That, my friend is a deist....NO ORGANIZED RELIGION.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Bahai

      That makes him Bahaie

      February 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      These are confusing times for some Rev. There is so much to learn but they want it to be given to them. I for instance I believe in Christian spirituality rather thn religiosity. This allows me about the same room for other religions though I recognise only YHWH.

      February 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Simple Sandy

      "Enough Already" you pack of schoolyard bullies! "Please Stop" swinging your individually chosen "GOD" like some primal war hammer trying to "BASH" each other in the head! You All are and WILL miss your mark everytime. For every missed blow lands in the lap of "Mother Earth". For every blow that lands in the lap of "Mother Earth" creates another grave. For every grave must have an occupant. For "Mother Earth" must swallow and digest ALL Earth occupants. "Please Stop" trying to look above each other and at least (briefly) gaze upon "OUR" Mother..... For She is tired, For She is worn out, For She can only swallow up so much before She is forced to vomit. For this taste is no sweeter coming up, than it is going down. "Please Stop?" For we humans are ALL choking Her. For She chokes, She dies. "There-FORe", All Earth occupants no longer have a place in which to co-exist..... (simple math)

      February 24, 2012 at 6:52 am |
  7. Observer

    According to him he agrees with Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed. He is now officially a Hindu and a Muslim.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  8. gary winnipeg

    some people are just addicted to doing things just to cause controversy. It seems to run in their family.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  9. Nii Croffie

    If u r a X'tian isn't it better 2 congratulate him on his new faith n leave it @ that. the man studied Islam n de Quran @ Princeton n Oxford b4 converting. You had all that time 2 teach him 2 love his neighbor as himself. It is not 2o late cos if most X'tians learn he'll b converted by ur lifestyle.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Michigan

      From "Love your neighbor as thyself" to 'hate the infidel' and u wanna be congratulated on that?

      February 23, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • truthordare7

      Well, that proves that sometimes the progeny is not as bright as the forebears. If you have studied Islam then how can anyone in their right mind still think it is the right path in life. And how can he believe in Jesus as the savior while Islam denies it vehemently, only assigning him a 'prophet' status, which as we all know means the whole basis of Christanity and the trinity concept is shot to pieces. What I hear from his statement is pure ignorance or an attempt to deceive people into thinking he is still somebody who he isn't anymore. I am leaning toward the second supposition provided that he is not a moron, which cannot be altogether ruled out at this point.

      February 23, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      Are u saying also that you do not know that a pleasant teacher is the best. If u r angry with him imagine how his parents will feel. They will still love him though and that love may be the basis 4 bringing him back or helping him b a better man. A Muslim who loves his neighbor as himself is X'tian.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      My cousin converted to Islam and was loved back into Christianity. Remember that I preached in ur name is not a guarantee of Heaven but I loved my neighbor as myself is the very guarantee. The thief on the cross had a little compassion on Christ and see where he ended up. Where do I send his e-mail.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      >> If you have studied Islam then how can anyone in their right mind still think it is the right path in life.

      here are a few reasons.
      – moral values emphasizing fair dealings, honesty, modesty, sacrifice, cleanliness
      – treating women, parents, neighbors, elders with respect and dignity
      – emphasis on marriage, family building, relationships
      – sacrificing on personal vices for the greater good of everyone in the community
      thus – no consumption of alcohol and drugs.
      thus – no gambling
      thus – no harloting and adultery

      and so on and so forth......

      February 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  10. The Bobinator

    Typical ignorance from an butthat artist who hasn't even bothered to learn what it was he was adopting.

    The main problem with his positon is that Christianity and Islam are mutually exclusive.

    Put down the camera and pick up a damn book. You're an embarassment to your family.

    February 23, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • sam stone

      Well, bobby, what concern is it of yours? Just an opportunity to bloviate?

      February 23, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > Well, bobby, what concern is it of yours? Just an opportunity to bloviate?

      He's interjecting stupidity into the public arena. The only appropriate response is to ridicule him so others don't follow the same moronic path.

      You got a word a day calendar for christmas didn't you?

      February 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  11. Tuey

    He seems very confused. It is not possible to be a
    Jew, Christian and Muslim. Didn't he say he studied the religions? wow

    February 23, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Sure you can.
      It's called B'Hai

      February 23, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Russ

      @ Doc: B'hai is not 'all of the above.' As their efforts to proselytize all three of those groups shows, B'hai is none of the above.

      All *four* of these religions make mutually exclusive claims.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • lbo

      He wa never a Jew, maybe a self hating Jew. Let Islam keep him, we do not want him or his kind. As far as I am concerned he is a traitor to Judaism. Mr. Stone, why don't you go back to Iran and never come back here. YOU ARE A DISGRACE!

      February 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  12. 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 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • What or who?

      It was you and me.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • A Man of Wealth and Taste

      No, we killed the Kennedys

      February 23, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Reality

      Killed the Kennedys? Yes as a matter of fact a Muslim did kill Robert Kennedy. And then there are the following acts of terror and horror done in Allah's name:

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) 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. 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

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – 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 due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      February 23, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  13. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Julie in Austin

      > Prayer makes you hoard cats.

      Do you have scientific proof of that? Because I didn't start feeding all the strays on my end of the street until I stopped going to synagogue so much.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • The Dawkin's Delusion

      The world is living on a prayer.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Steve

      Why won't your god heal a single amputee? One spontaneously regenerated limb, just one.

      February 23, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Chuck

      And just how am I not healthy?

      (Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church)

      February 23, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Chuck

      Steve, didn't you know that only the inherently evil lose limbs? So evil that they can never be healed.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • Nii Croffie

      The prejudiced Atheist dolt position
      Sickness(God's will)=Medicine(Satan'will)
      Sickness(Satan's will)=Medicine(God's will)
      leaving out Gen 2
      Sickness(Man's will)=Medicine(Man's will)
      So u see God really does not need to be going round healing. You have the power. Love your neighbor as yourself.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Chuck

      Nii Croffie, resorts to name calling? I believe in neither god or devil so, 0 = 0 and ,I believe in your right to believe what ever you want. You or your god will have to provide concrete proof on faith healing before I buy it.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Nii Croffie

      Prejudiced is the only description added to say it is used against the Christian God without justification in the evidence. Atheist and dolt is the religious affiliation and part of the blogname of the person who is fond of using the POSITION a lot. I don't do name calling. I don't have time to.

      February 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  15. Flinders the butler

    Obviously mental illness runs in families.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Bizarre


      Would you, as a proper butler and all, be interested in knowing about the many Muslim toilet rules and etiquette?

      February 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Flinders the butler

      Flinders ain't no dummy.
      "The Islamic faith has particular rules regarding personal hygiene when going to the toilet. This code is known as Qadaa' al-Haajah."
      Flinders was taught about Wikipedia in butler school.
      Tea time at 4 PM. Extra crrrrrumpets, on Thursdays. The upper class does no "do" Lent.

      February 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • sam stone

      flinders: why? are your parents nuts too?

      February 23, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  16. popular baby names

    William Ali,
    Ali Nelson,
    Jose Ali,
    Kim Ali,
    Ali Wang Chuk Chuk

    February 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Paris Ali

      That was hot!

      February 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • Flinders the butler

      Lindsay Ali.

      February 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Ali Ali

      Lindsay's sister is already a Ali

      February 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      bowling ali

      February 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Sean Stone

    Basically, I couldn't cut it in Hollywood or Bollywood or just about anywhere else that had a film industry, so I decided to become a token Westerner in Iran and make documentaries about Shiite religious figures there. I get lots of attention from their press.

    I totally ignore the fact that, were I a prominent Iranian, had I said exactly what I said here, that I am still part Jewish and part Christian, I would be arrested and tried before their religious court, and punished. But I am useful to them as a public figure, so they don't arrest me.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Christopher Ali

      Nope, that was not me!

      February 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • lbo


      February 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  18. The Four Fluffy Kittens of the Apocalypse

    Well that was boring.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Tommy Lee Jones

      If it isn't boring, it'll do until the boring gets here.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  19. Alien Orifice

    My GOD what a dork.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  20. Guest

    Whatever happened to what happens in Iran stays in Iran?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
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