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Will George Clooney convert to Islam?

Along with the entire nation of Pakistan, I’m fascinated by this story:

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He is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. She is an outspoken poet
and journalist born into Pakistan’s greatest political dynasty. What,
then, could spark a bigger media circus than a “secret romance” between
George Clooney and Benazir Bhutto’s 26-year-old niece, Fatima?

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Newspapers
across the subcontinent were thrown into frenzied excitement yesterday
when America’s most influential supermarket tabloid claimed that
Clooney had embarked on a long-distance relationship with Ms Bhutto
after meeting her at an international conference last year.

The
National Enquirer alleged that the 47-year-old actor and political
activist was privately smitten by the “brainy foreign beauty,” who
lives with her brother and step-mother in a prosperous suburb of
Karachi.

Assuming that it’s true (which given the origin of the story in the National Enquirer, does require at least some skepticism), it’s notable that Clooney’s interest is partly because of the “foreign” aspect. Also, we can assume that the “brainy” appeal is largely due to the contrast with his usual coterie. I’m surprised the phrase “exotic beauty” haven’t been used yet. But Fatima Bhutto’s cachet as scion of the most powerful political dynasty in Pakistan also surely is part of the appeal.

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As a distraction from other (ahem) world affairs of greater significance – such as finally admitting that the Mumbai attackers did have Pakistani links – the Clooney-Bhutto romance certainly is useful. But let’s suppose it is true and Clooney is serious. How serious is he? Would he be willing to convert to Islam to gain Bhutto’s favor? To be honest, after Mikael Jackson I’m kind of dreading the media circus. But Clooney’s been fascinated with the Islamic world for a while now – Three Kings and Syriana come immediately to mind. As a muslim Clooney could film his next movie in Mecca proper… and not even have to give up his Starbucks or Burger King.

  • Nehla Zikria

    I believe it would be wonderful if George Clooney would
    convert to Islam in order to gain Bhutto’s favor.It would
    be similar to Cat Steven’s conversion. It would be very nice
    for the Islamic world if this was to happen and Clooney would convert
    to Islam. The link between the West and the East would be strengthened. I myself was once involved with a Christian. However,
    he would not convert and so I left him.
    Generally, I would not think of Clooney being interested in a
    lady such as Fatima Bhutto. But if this romance was to blossom
    and Clooney was serious about Fatima Bhutto and converted to Islam,
    I would be very happy and the entire Islamic world would be happy too.

  • pagansister

    I would be surprised if George Cloone is seeing Bhutto and even if he is, he has had a number of public romances and none have ended with a wedding. The National Enquirer isn’t exactly a reputable source of information. Convert to Islam? I don’t think they will be counting him in their numbers anytime soon…if at all.

  • Billy

    after one joins, its for life correct? one cannot convert to christian years later?

  • SarahG

    Of course one can convert to Christianity later, it’s just that many, many Moslems don’t respect or recognize that (or other) conversions (or deconversions in the case of atheism and agnosticism)

  • Nasib

    Nehla Zikria wrote: “It would be very nice
    for the Islamic world if this was to happen and Clooney would convert
    to Islam.”
    Are you a committed Muslim to say such drivel? If Islam should be judged on the merit of its followers than let the Holy Prophet (SAW) be the one. It is pathetic when muslims resort to quoting names of ‘famous people’ who have converted to Islam as if they have added to its glory! Is Islamic and Inc in need of good PR? What counts most today is not quantity but the quality in Islamic values in muslims otherwise we are no different to the sorry state of the Christians.

  • Not True

    This was posted on 11 February 2009
    Post | 02/11/2009 11:55 am
    Is George Clooney Dating Fatima Bhutto (Benazir Bhutto’s Niece)?
    By The Staff at wowOwow.com
    UPDATE: The rumor that Geoge Clooney is dating the 26-year-old niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is false, according to the actor’s publicist Stan Rosenfield.
    Rosenfield e-mailed wowOwow saying “The story is not true,” as rumors continue to grow that the striking actor has been cuddling up with Fatima Bhutto, and it sounds like she’s taming famous playboy Cooney.

  • Albert the Abstainer

    The cult of celebrity, why does anyone care?
    If Clooney is interesting, let him be interesting because he has done important work, and then be interested in the work. But in matters of his choice of faith and girlfriends, in short in matters that are personal, leave him be, or you are simply gossips and wasting your time on useless pursuits.

  • MR…..ASH

    MY COMMENTS DIRECTLY TO MR. NASIB….BROTHER IT IS, A.O.K IF ANY NOTE ABLES OF ANY RELIGION/SOCIETY CONVERT TO ISLAM .IT BRINGS IN ATTENTION TO THE GREAT CAUSE AND,,,HEY GOD ALMIGHTY HAS CHOSEN THIS PERSON TO BE A MUSLIM AND WE ALL SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH THAT…SO BROTHER RELAX/CHILL AND LET THE GOD’S BIG PLAN WORK THEY WAY HE WANTS…GO THANK GOD AND BE HAPPY THAT YOU ARE MUSLIM BY HIS FAZAL……/

  • Susan

    Wow … even after his publicist has denied the romance which some say was created to discredit Fatima Bhutto.
    Yet you think he might change his religion??? OMG this story was CREATED by the National Inquirer … there is no way she would move to Hollywood and no way he would move to Pakistan … let alone convert to Islam … there is no way in HELL this would ever happen.
    Ever … end of story!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment RossTrex

    Wow reading the comments here I thank God I am not a Muslim.

    “the sorry state of Christians” etc…

    I wonder if any of you know how many Christians have been Murdered by Muslims today?….. Yesterday?…

    25 in Egypt 1 in Iraq (an elderly woman) and 2 in Nigeria….

    Sorry state indeed….. Clearly your Religion of Peace is a construct of man not of God. If this was the final revelation you would know how many people are being killed all over the world and would have some empathy…. Muslims ignore the suffering and murder that Islam creates. Oh yes I forgot Terrorists are not Muslim… I doubt the Terrorists would agree with you… They would say you are not Muslim.

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