(RNS) George Clooney, whose love life has been well-chronicled through the years on red carpets and in paparazzi shots, rarely addresses details about his personal relationships.

George Clooney on July 9, 2014, disputed a Daily Mail article that claimed his future mother-in-law, because of her religious beliefs, was opposed to his pending marriage to Amal Alamuddin.

George Clooney on July 9, 2014, disputed a Daily Mail article that claimed his future mother-in-law, because of her religious beliefs, was opposed to his pending marriage to Amal Alamuddin. Public domain image

He isn’t one to kiss and tell. He hasn’t even officially acknowledged that he’s engaged to glamorous international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, as has been reported since April.

But he’s making an exception now.

Clooney, 53, is refuting a Daily Mail story that said Baria Alamuddin, his future mother-in-law, is against the impending marriage for religious reasons.

The British tabloid’s story quoted unnamed sources as saying that Baria Alamuddin, a journalist and broadcaster in the Middle East and the United Kingdom, thinks her daughter “can do better” than Clooney, specifically by marrying into the family’s Druze religion. The story said Baria has been saying as much to friends in Beirut, where Amal was born.

“First of all, factually none of the story is true,” Clooney said in an exclusive statement to USA Today. “Amal’s mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage, but none of that is the issue.”

What is at issue: The Mail said the Clooney-Alamuddin wedding, thought to be taking place on Sept. 12 in Italy near Lake Como, where Clooney owns a villa, will not be a Druze wedding, and so Amal risks being “cast out of the community” and “that several women have been murdered” for not abiding by strict Druze rules.

“If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or the marriage is on the set of ‘Downton Abbey,’ or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care,” Clooney said.

But, he said, “The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.”

And, he added, “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

On Wednesday morning (July 9), the newspaper’s website, MailOnline, took the story down and issued a statement apologizing to the actor. It said the story was “not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist.”

The Mail has “launched a full investigation,” according to the statement. “However, we accept Mr. Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologise to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused.”

Clooney and Alamuddin first stepped out in London in October. Engagement reports bubbled up in April when Alamuddin was spotted wearing a ring. At the time, Clooney’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, issued a short statement: “I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.”

Clooney has been married once, to actress Talia Balsam, from 1989 to 1993.

(Ann Oldenburg writes for USA Today.)

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27 Comments

    • Let’s suppose, for argument sake, that your statement is 100% correct. Okay. You win, I lose.

      The fact remains, however, that I’ve seen PREACHERS who are less addicted to religion than you are. You are jumping on these juicy RNS stories every single day, reading almost every single story, commenting at the slightest opening on any of them. (Just like I do!)

      As a Fundie Christian, I already KNOW why I’m addicted to religion every day. But what’s YOUR excuse, amigo?

      Time to fess up dude. Fess up to your non-stop love for RELIGION!!

        • You joke
          while Palestinians and Israelies die and lay claim to the same chunks of land thanks to “God’s blessings”?

          The superior morality is clearly in the Atheist position which says:
          There is no god so nobody ‘owns’ this land because of a religious fiat.

          Religious claims are deathly. All of them.

          • Oh, so clearly in the atheist favor when they killed 100 million in just the last century.

          • @Vernon,

            You usual suspects were all straw men and they were all religious – and if you understood religion you would understand THAT!

      • @Doc,

        Religion is a scourge working 24/7 against the best of our civilization. In fact it is ground zero of almost every evil in our democracy and every threat to our humanity. I have YET to read an RNS story which does not confirm this!

        Christians and Muslims are victims of the same untruth.

        But as a believer:
        You are in favor of God’s Bible which happens to include
        recommending the killing and raping of innocent people.

        You preach Hell to children, which has been shown
        to cause profound psychological damage in every age group – though you have no evidence for hell at all.

        You defend BY DEFAULT a litany of irresponsible and dangerous
        faith-based initiatives including eschatological armageddon, repression of women, genital mutilation, vicarious redemption, etc.

        You claim a ‘TRUE’ FAITH while emphatically encouraging others to claim their own mutually opposed ‘TRUE’ FAITHS! All of which repeatedly leads to horror, misery and death.

        You are against scientific evidence
        and in favor of servility to ancient cultural delusions
        contrary to all human freedom in word and in deed.

        As Hobby Lobby sows the seeds to civil war and deprivation for women, Catholic preachers argue against women’s freedom and Creationists destroy science programs across the country.

        Religion is a cancer.
        I’m trying to study where it is spreading and how on earth it can be stopped.

        I am not just a non-believer.
        I am anti-religion. It is too dangerous a toy to play with and grown ups should abandon it before it blows up the world.

  1. “The idea that someone would inflame a part of the world for the purpose of selling papers is criminal.”

    I agree. But its the basis of the media business model. What was once known to previous generations formally as “propaganda”, is today termed public relations. Same tools. Same techniques. Just a more palatable title.

        • @Lles Nats,

          “I came to earth to be tortured and to bleed to death, the blood was very important and spilling it on the ground is what finally released my god powers to save you.” – Yahweh

          “But if you don’t believe me, I’ll do worse things to you.” – Yahweh

          “Execute them in front of me.” – Jesus (Luke 19:27)

          Gosh. So much love. What could go wrong?

          • You know what is telling about what crap american society is?

            You can post stuff, like a above, making light of a religious conviction/worldview and not have to worry about being sued or censored.

            I can post stuff making light of thr secular worldview, and many of the people that are its biggest proponents, and I might be censored or sued. Why? Cause they are a legally protected status/species/false deviation of people who deserve to be made to feel good abour themselves.

            But not christians.

            So enjoy your shield max. Its not a real fight your engaging in until both sides are free. And right not, yours is legally protected…and thats for a reason. You lost, in a real organic natural society. You already lost. We are post protection now, and somehow you are convinced your shield equals a superior argument.

          • @Lles Nats,

            “enjoy your shield max.”

            Look at the smirk on your face. So privileged you feel.
            I wonder how you will feel when the Muslims forbid such a shield to you?

            “Slay the Infidels wherever You find them” – Surah (Islam)

            Looks like we both have targets on our backs, Lles.
            And yours is just as shiny as mine.

            We all live in a godless world.
            But I’m the only one who knows it.

          • Atheist Max, the only reference to Scripture for your out-of-context “proofs” is Luke 19:27. Did you miss the point that this verse is part of a parable that Jesus used to teach His listeners something important? It is a metaphor, allegorically articulated. It is not “Jesus commanding someone to be executed in His presence”, it is the words of the king in the metaphor. But I somehow think you knew that.
            Judging by your many postings here, you clearly have no idea what Christianity is about. Dawkins and his band of co-haters are not reliable sources for learning about the Bible. America has many wonderful theologians, but also very weird “Christians” who dance with snakes and others who use scare tactics to (ineffectively) “coax” people into “becoming Christians”. Your declared atheism sounds to me like you are merely following what you believe to be a “new fashion” called “Christ-bashing” – something that is not very wise at all. Followers don’t achieve much in life. Why don’t you rather change your attitude and be a leader. You can start by searching for the real truth about something as important as your personal worldview.

          • @Marius Potgeiter,

            Wrong, sir.
            Jesus is a terror.

            And there is nothing false in my pointing it out!

            “..bring to me those enemies of mine who would not have me as their King and execute them in front of me.” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

            EVERY SCHOLARLY INTERPRETATION OF LUKE 19
            SAYS THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS!

            Catholic Christ Notes
            – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS:
            http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=42&c=19

            BIBLE GATEWAY
            – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS:
            http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Luke/Controversy-Jerusalem

            BIBLE STUDY TOOLS
            – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS
            http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/luke/luke-19.html

            MATTHEW HENRY’S COMPLETE COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS
            http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=019

            CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS
            – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS
            http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2009/06/09/what-does-the-parable-of-the-minas-mean/

            CATHOLIC BIBLE HUB
            – THE NOBLEMAN IS JESUS
            http://biblehub.com/commentaries/luke/19-27.htm

            The most important interpretation
            is the one used by countless dictators and
            tyrants throughout history.

            Religion is a cancer on the world. We must wake up from its delusion.

          • @Larry M,

            Speaking of ROFLMAO….

            GOD SAYS – CUT OFF YOUR WIFE’S HAND IF SHE TOUCHES ANOTHER MAN’S PENIS.

            “If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and SEIZING HIS GENITALS, you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.” – DEUT. 25:11

            Cut off your wife’s hand? Show no pity?
            JESUS AGREES! (JOHN 1:17), (Mark 10:19)

          • @Larry M,

            More ROFLMAO – I don’t think they had contraception…

            LUSTING FOR HIS ‘DELICIOUS FRUIT’. HIS RIGHT HAND UNLOCKS the ‘FOUNTAIN’

            “As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
            so is my beloved among the young men.
            With great delight I sat in his shadow,
            and his fruit was sweet to my taste.”
            (Song of Solomon, 2:3)

            “His Left hand is under my head,
            and his right hand embraces me!”
            (Song of Solomon 2:6)

          • @Larry M,

            You believe in this nonsense and you endorse it. I can’t think of anything funnier than a grown man who thinks this stuff is real.

            GOD’S SOLUTION:
            DON’T HAVE SEX WITH MY SEXY SONS
            BUT DO HAVE SEX WITH MY VIRGIN DAUGHTERS INSTEAD.

            “Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
            …LOT SAID, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.” (Genesis 19:4-8)

            This is the word of the lord!
            ROFLMAO!

      • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

        There are many history college profs (not religious) who claim that much of the evil in our culture and society Max attributes to “religion” is much more the fault of politics and politicians than of any religion. In fact, in many cases, religious people are the prime targets of politicians as well as the media. That is why the First Amendment is so important.

        • @Deacon John,

          The First Amendment is designed to keep people with power away from religion. Imagine if the religious actually read their Bibles and acted on God’s love?

          “bring to me those enemies of mine….Execute them in front of me” – Jesus (Luke 19:27)

          • The first amendment was to protect the state churches that existed in several states from being interfered with by the new federal government. (establishment clause)
            And the free exercise clause is so that no one can tell us that we can’t practice our religion.
            So no, you have it backwards.

          • @VERNON,

            WRONG, SIR.
            “[T]hat no man shall be compelled to frequent or support ANY religious worship, place, or ministry WHATSOEVER, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief: but that all men shall be FREE to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.”
            —Thomas Jefferson,
            The Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, enacted on January 16, 1786
            BUILDING THE WALL OF SEPARATION
            BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE

            FOUNDERS OF THE UNITED STATES:
            George Washington (Deist)
            James Madison (DEIST)
            Benjamin Franklin (Deist)
            Thomas Paine (ATHEIST)
            Thomas Jefferson (DEIST)
            John Adams (DEIST)
            John Jay (Christian)
            Alexander Hamilton (DEIST)

            Abraham Lincoln (ATHEIST)

            Deism was a diplomatic and political term for non belief in a personal or intervening god.

            Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and John Adams were renounced as Atheists by the church for the duration of their lives.

            “What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, NEEDS THEM NOT.” – James Madison – “A Memorial and Remonstrance”, 1785

            “During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.”
            – JAMES MADISION

            “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.” – James Madison -letter to Wm. Bradford, April 1, 1774

            “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” – JAMES MADISON -1803 letter objecting use of gov. land for churches

            “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.” – Benjamin Franklin

            “Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged:
It is so; It is not so. It is so; it is not so.” – Benjamin Franklin

            “In every country and in every age, the preacher has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”
-Thomas Jefferson

            “It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”
- Thomas Jefferson

            “To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.”
- Thomas Paine

            “Question with boldness the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

            “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?” – John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

            “Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”
- Benjamin Franklin

            “The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion.” – George Washington

            “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
- John Adams

            “The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion.”
- Abraham Lincoln

            “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.”
            – Thomas Paine

  2. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    That is why the Hobby Lobby decision was so important. It was government and media bullying of employers to be involved in the destruction of human life. . Notice also how the corrupt mass media lies about what was at issue in the case before the Supreme Court.
    Hobby Lobby did NOT object to being required to provide genuine birth control. They already provided 16 of 20 common methods of common birth control. They only objected to being coerced into financing the destruction of already conceived, already alive human life. But the media frauds have made it a birth control issue–not a religious-human life issue—which is what it was really all about.

    • Hobby Lobby as a corporation has no genuine objection to make. That was a fiction by SCOTUS and one which they limited as much as they could. The idea of imputing a religious belief to a corporation is as silly now as it was before the decision.

      Obviously Christians value their faith so little that they can assign it to a legal fictional entity. Something whose existence is merely a pile of papers. Such a view is reductively insulting to Christianity turning the religion into merely an excuse to act in a bullying tribal manner. Atheists don’t need to devalue and insult Christianity, Christians do it all by themselves.

      The owner/largest shareholder had personal views of contraception which flew in the face of actual facts and compelled his employees to abide by such views. Claiming it was religious belief, his personal belief only showed how the view was completely irrational and bereft of factual justification.

      This was simply a rich conservative throwing money around for a political end. The fact that you can claim this is some kind of moral victory smacks of self-destructive idiocy.

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