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February 18th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Backlash over Bieber's view on abortion

By Eric Marrapodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog

In the video above, AJ Hammer from HLN's Showbiz Tonight reports that Justin Bieber is turning heads following a Rolling Stone article in which he talked about his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape.

He told the magazine:

I really don't believe in abortion. I think [an embryo] is a human. It's like killing a baby. [In the case a rape], I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don't know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that.

The pop star has made no secret of his Christian faith over the course of his short career. In an article about his new 3D movie, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," Religion News Service asked if Bieber was becoming a "tween evangelist."

Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager and one of the film's producers, told the Religion News Service:

People will walk away (from the movie) knowing faith is very important to him. As a Christian, he's someone to look up to. ... When (fans) are getting the real person is when they can connect to that person.

Bieber told the Rolling Stone more about how his faith informs his career as a performer:

I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans.  I'm not going to tell them, 'You need Jesus,' but I will say at the end of my show, 'God loves you.'

Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, is also outspoken about her Christian faith, regularly tweeting out Bible verses from @studiomama.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Abortion • Celebrity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Movies • Music

soundoff (2,810 Responses)
  1. em

    HLN – What is 'controverisial" about someone expresing what they think/believe? Do we live in a socialist system where faith can not be talked about or you are just trying to be picked up for the "controversial' word?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • The Zen Particle

      If it doesn't go along with the progressive way of thinking then it's a heresy. It's like having Christians in power but without the Jesus talk.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • C

      You know you can remove Faith from this conversation and you know what we are still talking about ending a life.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Ian

      ...because the implication is that he wants to take away (rightly or wrongly) OTHER people's right to have abortions.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  2. keith

    I don't like the little turd, but I find it amazing that he is being chastised for his views. We all have our own opinion, but we get harped on by others if our opinion doesn't agree with theirs. What happened to the days of respecting others? Sure isn't anywhere around today's society, as you are disrespected for whatever view you have, if not potentially physically harmed

    February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • C

      So, true, Keith

      February 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • dawn

      Oh he'll get the death threats for that no doubt.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Shane

    It's amazing how free speech is only encouraged if it supports your views. Nobody says, "I don't agree and here's why..." or anything constructive.
    He has his opinion, he gave the reasons for his opinion and didn't in any way trash or hate on those who had a different opinion. Try having the same amount of class.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • The Zen Particle

      That's the problem with this country, both sides of the issue can't discuss constructively, but instead feel they are right and the others are dead wrong. Both sides are right on certain things about abortion and wrong about others.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • CatholicMom

      The Zen Particle,
      Abortion is dead wrong on every count.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Ian

      @CatholicMom: So is Catholicism!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  4. The Zen Particle

    Oh no....someone voicing their opinion against abortion..what a sacrilege.....may Margaret Sanger forgive him....so much for liberal tolerance....

    February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Steve

      No one is trying to shut him up for not believing in abortion. The point is he is never going to have to make that decision whether or not to have an abortion. People just want to know what room he has expressing a view on an issue he is never going to have to face and millions of women in the world actual DO.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Steve,
      Men have a responsibility in the conception of a baby. They should have just as much say as the woman about their babies. The woman has the womb for the baby but that does not mean that she can throw out what she and her husband placed in there. That decision was made ahead of time and the life of the baby should not end just because its parents ‘changed their minds’ and wish they had not conceived. There are some things you can change your mind about…where to go, what to wear, what to eat, but not whether the baby shall have life….because it already has.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Sweetenedtea

      @CatholicMom: Doesn't it naturally follow that the decision to abort was also made ahead of time, then? Or are you arguing that God is powerful enough to preordain conception but is completely powerless to ensure that said conception comes to term?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • really?

      Hey don't knock mother Margaret!! If it weren't for her setting up planned parenthood in urban areas, we'd have LOTS more of those little black babies who are dredges on our society.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • LVGirl

      CatholicMom.. What year are you in..? 1951..? Not all babies are conceived in marriage, so to assume that by using the term "husband" is just pure "head in the clouds" syndrome.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • really?

      Sweetenedtea,
      Please don't try to argue theology...it's not your strong suit. First you're trying to thrust a Calvinist argument on a catholic. Secondly, even Calvinists understand the difference between God's perfect will (His orchestrating) and God's permissive will (God allowing man's free will decisions) and the fact that they can coexist.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Erin

      Really?,

      You said it perfectly there! I am Catholic myself, and I was thinking the same thing.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Umm...

      Really?, would you like to present an argument that removes YHWH's complicity? I believe that was what Sweetendtea was really going for.

      February 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Catholic mom.. opps what did your god go and do.. did he ask Mary before he visited her with child? There are stories of nuns getting pregnant by priests in third world countries.. as the church is very concerned about its image one has to wonder what they may have instructed..know, there are stories on the web about this.. but of course you do not need proof.. I have faith it is true so it must be.

      February 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Erin

      Evolved DNA,

      Yes, God *did* ask Mary before she became pregnant. He sent an angel and Mary gave her consent: "Let it be done to me according to your will." She could have said no; she did have free will.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Erin.. If the story is real, and I think the whole thing is totally embellished.. the penalty for adultery or getting pregnant outside of marriage was death in those days..it would behoove a terrified young girl to make up stories of angels to assist her case. Why would god even take the chance to have her killed by some over zealous leader, or even her husband. The whole story is ridiculous , the RCC version of virgin birth is such that Mary supposedly stayed a virgin her entire life.. was she tested regularly fro proof?

      February 19, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Sweetenedtea, LVGirl, and Evolved DNA,

      S.tea,
      I do not [hope not anyway] that people are so blasé about becoming pregnant that they just say to themselves, ‘I’ll just get an abortion if we do become pregnant’…although it sounds like abortion is being used for ‘birth control’ for some. God does not interfere with our freewill.

      LVGirl,
      Yes, people fornicate and now do so as a way of life….this is why the abortion law became the law of the land….people just want to fornicate…have no commitment…have no responsibility in life other than seeking their own personal pleasures….there is no love of neighbor…which would include love for a baby living in its mother’s womb. I am old enough to know and see how things have changed with people and their morality….concern for neighbor went out the window when contraception and abortion entered in through the back door.

      E.DNA,
      No, God did not visit Mary without a her consent. Yes, men and women still sin in all sorts of manners. Right? Does that mean because you can see others sinning that you should be able to do so without personal guilt?

      February 19, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Catholicmom... "God does not interfere with our freewill" then why is the catholic church acting as his policeman? It appears to me that you guys assume that your morality is the only valid position.... except of course when your own people are caught.

      February 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Evolved DNA,
      We are all wanting the unholy Priests to be found out and taken out of the Church and suffer the consequences of their actions…..those who joined the Priesthood to have access to children; it is a disgusting and criminal thing to do. I hope they all are soon found out.

      February 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  5. POD

    Who cares what he thinks.....

    February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Yes you do. That's why you posted!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  6. Winner

    he sucks anyways

    February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  7. Tewlup

    It is his opinion and no one has the right to tell him he is wrong. He is very astute for 16 and last time I checked America was a free country for everyone! Including Christians... But for some reason when anyone voices an opinion other than the liberal politically correct version he/she is attacked. I for one am tired of it.
    Let him speak his opinion and if you don't like it, then don't buy his music...

    February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Jye75

      Sure, it's his opinion, and yes it is a free country... so we are completely within our rights to voice an opposing opinion if we should feel the need to do so.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Tewlup:

      You are totally on the right track with your thinking. Take it a few steps further and trace the history of Liberal Democracy in Europe since the 18th century. You will find out just how controlling and destructive Liberals are. They have started all the wars, and are part of a larger conspiracy that continues to gain momentum.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Elaine

      How can a 16 year old boy have a real opinion about a woman's reproductive system, has he even taken sx-ed yet? It's not really his fault, who asked him his opinions on abortion anyway?

      I have a kid and I'm still pro-choice by the way.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • deepthinker1

      Yes and look at the conservatives! They only CONSERVE their own wealth, contract work for mega companies they're involved with so they make more money, are against government supported healthcare for their countrymen but want to keep their own government supported healthcare, they covered up each other's lies about WMD, provide hate speech that insights other crazy conservatives to kill others in plain sight. Here's to the Conservatives! Now that's controlling!

      February 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • LVGirl

      Wayne?!?!? Liberals started all the wars post 1800?!?!? ARE YOU HIGH?!?!!?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • JP

      LVGirl
      Wayne?!?!? Liberals started all the wars post 1800?!?!? ARE YOU HIGH?!?!!?

      This is what happens when you get the religious nut jobs that don't want to open their eyes and end up home schooling their kids into thinking the earth is 2000 years old and liberals are evil. Ever heard of the Christian Crusades you freaks? Or maybe Bush Jr's Iraq war?

      February 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Southern Celt

      LV Girl,
      Ever read a history book?
      WW1=Wilson, WW2=Roosevelt, Korea=Truman, Vietnam=Kennedy/Johnson. You'd have to go back to the War of Northern Aggression (Civil War to Yankees) to even the score, so yes, Liberal presidents have presided over more wars than Republicans in the 20th Century.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Elaine

      Souther Celt –

      Just because they were president during a time of war does not mean they started the wars. Ever heard of Hitler? There are very complex reasons (some of which I disagree with) for our nation's involvement in all of these wars so I'm not going to go into a long winded explanation as to how we ended up involved – just saying, perhaps it's you that should Read some history books.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Bubba

      "part of a larger conspiracy that continues to gain momentum" Yeah, they took away your slaves and gave your wives the vote. Sorry you can't appreciate that. Next we'll make your kids learn to read.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Bubba

      Yeah, darn liberals, fighting when we could have surrendered to Hitler and had peace! Then they go annoy China and keep them from taking over South Korea and VietNam. Luckily you weak sisters stopped Patton from taking Russia at the end of WWII or we'd have been the only country with nukes, and that would have been just horrible, right?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  8. Eric

    She's a single mother isn't she? Got knocked up as a teen? Did she marry his father or did she bypass that section of the bible?

    HYPOCRITES!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Flipper

      So Eric, what "part of the Bible" are you quoting exactly? That may be a tough question for you because you probably haven't looking in a Bible for quite some time now.

      Oh, and where are your kudos for her for not getting an abortion and murdering her unborn child?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • JenLaw

      All have sinned, all of us. Not one of us is without sin, not one. We are all hypocrites, whether we are Christian or not.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • JPopNC

      Eric...."She's a single mother isn't she? Got knocked up as a teen? Did she marry his father or did she bypass that section of the bible?"

      Well, first off she didn't have an abortion. She owned up to her responsibility and out of that came a worthwhile talent. (I'm not a fan, but apparently plenty are). So she's NOT hypocritical relative to this abortion article. Agreed?

      Secondly, if you've ever read the Bible you would see it is chock full of people who make mistakes. People from Moses, to David, to Solomon, to Peter, to ....all except Jesus Christ. So Justin Bieber's mom made a mistake, but she's turned from that mistake and made changes in her life.

      There's not a Christian in this world who hasn't sinned nor is there one that doesn't sin everyday. We all do to some degree or other. It's how we address that sinful nature in ourselves that differentiates us from others. We recognize it, repent from it, then take measures not to repeat it. Call it continuous improvement (with God's grace).

      February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • JPopNC

      JenLaw....I like your answer better!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Southern Celt

      Or maybe she DID marry the father but he died (War, Accident, Disease). Lot's of ways to become a single parent. Still only one way to become pregnant.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Umm...

      Jpop, I'm pretty sure letting Judas Iscariot join his group could be marked down in the mistake column.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Bubba

      I never sin. It's against my principles as an atheist.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Ken Ansley

      Gee's Eric, you know I just ran a scan on my computers bible program and couldn't find that anywhere....

      Gimme a book, chapter and verse since you are such a fine example of humanity.....help me out here....

      T
      W
      I
      T

      February 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • C

      Ken, I think Eric is referring to Mary. Thankfully for Christians Mary was pro-life 😉

      February 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  9. Hannah

    He's a guy. And a rich one at that. He will never have to deal with the consequences of getting pregnant and not being able to feed and care for a child. I hope he donates all of his money to poor mothers who do because if he feels that an embryo is a human being, that same embryo has to be fed and clothed and needs an education when it is born. The same people who are anti abortionists are busy these days cutting funding for poor families. They want the babies to be born, but to heck them once they're here. They can fend for themselves.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Hannah:

      There exists many who would adopt, and failing that, there exists many options.

      This is a crime of immorality, convinience, lacking in any true ethical benchmark.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • another option

      Or they can give the child up for adoption considering there are 43 couples waiting for every baby born waiting to be adopted.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Elaine

      another option – yeah because they refuse to adopt all the kids that aren't babies anymore. Not so good to be one of those kids, and who's the selfish one in that type of situation?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • JPopNC

      Elaine – "yeah because they refuse to adopt all the kids that aren't babies anymore". Who's "they"? So, just Christians are to blame for that? Really?

      And not one child who isn't a baby gets adopted? See, this is where the term "liberal" comes from, because you liberally spew generalities that has zero basis on fact.
      Of the 127,500 adoptions that occurred in the U.S.[82] about 51,000 or 40% were through the foster care system

      February 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Elaine

      I have met couples that want a baby but are unable to have one naturally, however they only want to adopt a baby under three months of age so they feel like they have their "own" baby. I said nothing about Christians, I was talking about the alleged 43 couples waiting to adopt statement. I also didn't say "not one child that isn't a baby gets adopted", there are many children that are unwanted due to their age and other factors that just get tossed around in the system for years and years though, that is true.
      And no, that's not where the term "liberal" comes from.

      You don't need to put words in my mouth and attack me about it.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Erin

      Hannah, this argument is used repeatedly, but there is little truth in it. Read this: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/01/2380
      It discusses the many ways pro-lifers help mothers who are pregnant in difficult situations and has stats included. On the opposite side, what to pro-choicers do for women who have undergone an abortion and then suffer from emotional issues such as depression? It's the pro-life side that supports those women yet again: for instance, http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/

      February 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  10. Tom

    He apparently is as talentless in the brains department as he is in the performance department...wonder what he'd say if he was a woman? (oh wait..the verdict's still out on that one, right?)

    February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • big b

      Keep her legs closed and she wouldn't have to commit murder.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • BGJ

      Most women are pro-life. Most of the pro-abortion crowd are men who want the freedom to screw around without consequences

      February 18, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Tom,
      Many men have a love for their children at conception. They have a voice that has been ignored. Often they speak up for their child in the womb but it falls on deaf ears. The baby cannot speak for himself/herself….but what do you think the baby would say if it could? ‘Go ahead…kill me’….or ‘don’t take my right to life…’

      February 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • JPopNC

      So Tom....how many recordings have you sold?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Erin

      Tom, not all women think abortion should remain legal. I am a woman who opposes abortion. It is not a women's rights issue.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • C

      Tom, you're a pig, he is a young man, let him alone

      February 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  11. Steve the real one

    Can anybody have personal opinions that go against the PC crowd without being blasted for it? He cannot stop anybody from having an abortion, neither can I. He is stating his opinion! Folks need to grow up and move on with their own lives! Don't like His opinion? Too bad! He is free to express it! State your own and live by that!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Jye75

      Hmmm, I thought that that was what we were doing... voicing our opinions.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Jye75
      Hmmm, I thought that that was what we were doing... voicing our opinions
      ------
      So beating down someone who differs in opinion from you is OK? Can you not state your disagreement without making it a personal attack?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • Jye75

      Did I make a personal attack? Stating that he's young, has no world experience, and is immature, is not attacking him. It's stating the true facts.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • JenLaw

      I am not a fan of the young man or his music, but apparently he is wise beyond his years. It's nice to see a young adult that is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, even if it's not PC.1

      February 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Jye75
      Did I make a personal attack? Stating that he's young, has no world experience, and is immature, is not attacking him. It's stating the true facts
      ------
      OK sorry for that BUT just read some of these posts. This kid is being hammered for stating what he stated. Those are personal attacks! Being young does not exclude him from verbalizing his belief system!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Sweetenedtea

      If my opinion is that someone else's opinion is asinine, and voicing said opinion reflects badly on them, do I have a right to my opinion? Hmmm?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • JPopNC

      Jye75....being very presumptious aren't you? The only fact that you know of is that he's young, but you cannot say he's immature because that's not necessarily an age thing. I've seen many instances where younger doesn't equal immature and where older doesn't equal mature, so that is a presumption on your part. And saying he has no world experience...I'd venture to say he's traveled much more than yourself.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • LVGirl

      Voicing your opinion is one thing. Attempting to legislate the lives of others based on YOUR opinion is entirely another.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Steve the real one

      If Bieber had said, "I think abortion is great", the Evangelicals and Catholics would be posting tons of "Your going to burn in hell" comments.

      The Abortion issue is an important woman's rights issue. The Christian Right would take away these rights.

      Bieber, because he is a celebrity and young, got a lot of publicity for his anti-abortion statement.

      There is nothing wrong for reminding people that Bieber is wrong.

      Woman's body. Woman's choice.

      Cheers!

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jye75

      Not presumptuous at all. He IS immature:

      im·ma·ture   /ˈɪməˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/ Show Spelled
      [im-uh-choor, -toor, -tyoor, -chur] Show IPA

      –adjective
      1. not mature, ripe, developed, perfected, etc.
      2. emotionally undeveloped; juvenile; childish.
      3. Physical Geography . youthful ( def. 5 ) .
      4. Archaic . premature.

      Now, he MIGHT be mature for his age, but he's still immature.

      And LVgirl: nowhere did I attempt to regulate anyone else's life based upon my own opinion, so maybe you were not referring to me.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Jye75

      JPopNC – One more thing, Bieber may be a celebrity, and have traveled many places overnight for performances, but I seriously doubt that he's got much life experience, as that takes time and as a traveling pop star, he has none. I'd also venture to say that I've had plenty if not more travel experience than he's had, as well as more cultural exposure being that I spent 14 years in the Air Force traveling and SPENDING TIME at different locations with different people. Presume much yourself?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Erin

      Sweetenedtea, that is just it. If your opinion is that somebody else's opinion is "asinine," and you state it like that, with no actual intellectual discussion of facts and why you disagree, then that is a personal attack and skirts around the actual issue, and it makes you appear to not know how to back up your position (that is how it appears to me when people just insult others and say nothing more). Civil debate has respect at its core, therefore, one would state "I disagree with your opinion" rather than "Your opinion is stupid." The latter is just inflammatory. I think abortion is murder. However, I am not going to discuss the issue with pro-choice people by calling them names – not even "murderers" – no matter how passionately I feel about it. The facts are on the side of the pro-life position because biologically, an individual, new, unique human comes into existence at conception. You do not have to agree that they have rights at this stage of life. That would be your opinion to hold. And I'm not going to call it "asinine" even though I wholeheartedly disagree.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • GozieBoy

      David Johnson:
      The issue is the BABY's body, the mother is only a temporary host. Just like, should your parents have the right to kill you just because you live in their house? Well, in your case, maybe that's not such a good analogy...

      February 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  12. lacubanita

    Imagine a pop star with conservative, christian values! I have gained new respect for him, his family must be awesome.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Statistics show that more people are becoming aware of the wrong in abortion. This young man is proof of how the young will take this country in the right direction! There is hope for this nation in people like him!

      February 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • deepthinker1

      Yes, young conservatives with their parents views seeping from their lips. Now let's see if the mega bucks he's making will help to support saving the lives of the children who are already alive and tortured every day by their families. Maybe they would adopt children from within this country of all races, not just white or Asian, then that would be taking Right Action. Isn't that the Christian way?

      February 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Deepthinker1,
      So you believe that every baby that is aborted is aborted by someone who if they kept the baby would end up torturing it! So that is your reason to kill the baby…. to keep it from its potentially torturing parent! So there are over 53,000,000 people ‘out there’ so mentally deranged that they would torture a baby if it were left to be born. Quite a radial claim and still no reason to kill.
      Better think a little deeper.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • LVGirl

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO @ hope for this nation in people like Justin Bieber. Ohhhh thats rich!!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Tia

      CatholicMom, if you think that Justin Bieber is the hope for this country then I assume you're Canadian...like he is. And I'm glad you have such new found respect for a tween and his mother who use their "faith" to make more money.

      February 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Tia,
      No, I am not Canadian but have been through that beautiful country several times and find that the people are kind and lovely. I am sure Justin’s influence is not just for the Canadians!

      February 19, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  13. Jye75

    Yeah, well, what do you expect from a 17 year old who has no life experience or maturity? And no, being a celebrity does not equal life experience, and certainly not maturity.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Jye 75:

      So how do you account for many who are mature, wiser, well travelled, educated, and parents who feel the same way, and are not "bible thumpers"?

      Murder is murder. Conception is the start of life, not some arbitrary stage of convinience established by those that gain from such a crime.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Jye75

      Wayne: Whatever you choose to believe, it's not my concern. I simply voiced my opinion that really boils down to the fact that he's more than likely (in all of his 17 years) only voicing what his parents brought him up to voice. (which is no big thing, yet people praise him for his beliefs which may or may very well not be his own.)

      February 18, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • janedoe

      Many people with tons of life experience and maturity agree with him. So your issue is not that what he is saying is incorrect, just that you dont agree with his opinion. You only give his opinion a stronger foundation.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Steve

      Okay. Prove it....

      Still waiting...

      Yep, that's what I thought.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Jye75

      Prove what? It's my opinion, moron.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Cyn

      @Jye75 – I think he was talking to the poster who said "Conception is the start of life". Unfortunately, there is no "reply" button under each poster.

      Wayne, Life ends when brain function stops, therefore Life begins when brain function starts. Which most certainly is not at conception. An "embryo" is not a human life by any stretch of the imagination. It's not even a fetus yet.

      And, as a woman, if I so CHOOSE I will have a pregnancy ended. No matter who decides to throw their religious beliefs into the argument. In the end, it's nobody's damn business when or if I become a mother. If I'm married, then that decision will be shared only by my husband. And everybody else has the right to keep their damn opinions on something so intimately personal, to themselves.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jye75

      Cyn – Makes sense, my apologies Steve.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  14. StevieBoy

    Horrible Disney-style music and naive to the ways of the world... some little boy has a lot of growing up to do still. Poor kid never stood a chance with Bible thumper parents.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • L

      You're probably in the same religion and holding the same political beliefs as your parents as well. Pot, meet kettle.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • UMad?

      Ya maybe he can just grow up to be a troll on a CNN message board and follow the hive mind of the world. Get a life your not helping your cause any...he has every right to believe what he wants just as much as you do.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Shinywen

      LOL again! Oh yes, people like you, L, certainly have your finger on the pulse of... EVERYBODY. Yeah we all grow up to be just like our parents. Tomorrow I'll call Harvard and have them mail you your psychology degree.

      February 19, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  15. Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

    This is the first insightful thing I have heard Master Beiber say.

    Too bad many can't see the wisdom of his words, and others, who know that abortion is murder.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • DerrickAnthony

      Killing abortion Doctors are a much worse case of murder!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Dr. B. Good...

      I suspect that equating women's reproductive rights with murder hasn't really helped you out much on the dating scene.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:50 am |
    • Steve

      Right on, Jeff. How dare anyone try to tell anyone else how to live based on their own belief in Christian mythology and the life of their "savior" who may or may not have ever even existed.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Jeff and Steve:

      I am not viewing this from a religious perspective, but a legal, moral, and ethical one.

      But to read your profane and abusive comments does allow for easy dismissal of your position as one borne of ignorance and slopeheadedness.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • really?

      Jeff,
      such persuasion...I think I'll deconvert!

      February 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • LVGirl

      Wayne..? Legal..? It's legal in the States. Ethical and moral..? According to who..? You? Newsflash!! Your "ethics and morals" aren't all-encompassing, and they certainly don't dictate how the rest of us should feel.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • come on man

      so morality is all about feelings?

      February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Sarah

      Where's Jesus when the unwanted children are getting beat?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • really?

      Sarah,
      The bigger question is why God puts up with us when we break His law everyday, and yet He continues to lavish His goodness on us everyday (10,000 tast buds to enjoy your fav food, gift of mental faculties, air to breathe, eyes to see, etc,etc). 2 Peter 3:18 will give you the answer.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Erin

      Morality isn't about how people "feel." It is about what is right and wrong based on natural law. It is wrong to kill. And if you don't agree with that, well, then ignore it. The knee-jerk insults (often laced with profanity) coming from the pro-choice side here show that they will not discuss the facts surrounding the issue and only cry, "Don't you DARE force your beliefs on ME!" You are willing to give Justin Beiber that much power over you, that him saying words is "forcing" something on you? He has every bit as much a right to speak as every one of us does. Goodness knows plenty of celebrities speak out in favor of the pro-choice side, and I don't hear outrage about them "forcing" their views... I ignore them, or I engage in factual debate free of name-calling and skirting around the actual issue.

      February 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      Why are modern Americans so uneducated about WOMEN's history. Historically, men did not get involved in female issues. A midwife/granny woman was brought in and spent some alone time with the woman and left some herbs. Abortion became an issue when men began treating women's illnesses. Horrors! Women didn't always allow their pregnancies to go full term! Oh no! Women can't decide what to do with men's offspring – it's a man's world! And it thus became discussed in the men's clubs and the "Other Half" of society began talking about "female trouble." In order to control their chattel, men began dictating reproduction decisions, taking that away from the women under their roof. A man's right to have an opinion in this matter is a recent development and was wrested from women by mainstrength and awkwardness. Not a surprise that a topic that for millennia was a woman's business is now a subject for vitriolic discourse. This behavior was not bred in humanity to share female topics between genders and breeding for behaviors takes generations to change.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Picklejuice

      Wayne...please stay in Belleville. Any further west and you will be offended and angered at all of civilized ontario's progessive and pro-choice way of life.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  16. Matt

    Wow, I thought Bieber was just an annoyingly vacuous pop star. Apparently he's actually a vacuous pop star with Christianist tendencies – now I can change the radio station FASTER when he comes on.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • LVGirl

      AMEN.. pun intended.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • really?

      DOOOOHHHHHH!!! I get it!!!! You outta have an act out there in Vegas...girl.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  17. cindy

    You go Justin!!! I have gained a lot of respect for you!!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • StevieBoy

      OMG! OMG!!! I love you Justin!! I'm a stupid little 13 year old and I LOVE YOU!!! You know sooooo much!!! If I'm ever rapped I'll keep the baby and you can marry me and help raise it!! Yaaaaay!!!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Flipper

      Wow, StevieBoy sounds like a smitten Obama supporter in 2008.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Greg

      Rapped?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • cindy

      Actually StevieBoy I am a 54 year old Christian and grandmother who has never heard any of his music. I respect him having faith and not afraid to say so.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Steve the real one

      StevieBoy
      OMG! OMG!!! I love you Justin!! I'm a stupid little 13 year old and I LOVE YOU!!! You know sooooo much!!! If I'm ever rapped I'll keep the baby and you can marry me and help raise it!! Yaaaaay!!!!!
      -------–
      Stupid little 13 year old? Could that be because your not in school? Or perhaps you are just lying! Please don't grow up and become a drain on us tax payers? Or is it too late?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • LVGirl

      Stevetherealone.. #1: He was being facetious and #2: it's "you're" not your.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • really?

      Hey don't laugh!!! I got rapped once...it was terrible, beat boxing and loud speakers surrounded me!!! I couldn't escape!...oh dear...painful....memories.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • derp

      "Please don't grow up and become a drain on us tax payers? Or is it too late?"

      Funny how all of the dimwitted religiots are the ones who want to force women to have unwanted babies who will ultimately end up as.....

      ......."a drain on us tax payers?"

      Which do you prefer, abortion or welfare?

      February 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • TheresonlyoneBOSS

      Like Button..

      February 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • TheresonlyoneBOSS

      @ flipper LOL...awesome!!!! ;o)

      February 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      LVGirl
      Stevetherealone.. #1: He was being facetious and #2: it's "you're" not your.
      ------
      1. I know
      2. Thank you
      3 . What else you got? ...oops what else do you have?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      @derp

      Funny how all of the dimwitted religiots are the ones who want to force women to have unwanted babies who will ultimately end up as....."a drain on us tax payers?" Which do you prefer, abortion or welfare?
      -------
      Since you asked what I prefer of the two... welfare! Now saying that is it your As-sumption:
      1. All of the babies will become welfare babies?
      2. No one will adopt?
      3. No woman headed towards abortion will ever change her mind?
      4. Funny how atheists refuse to respect human llfe! If we were talking about puppies, whales, trees, and seals you would have a fit!
      5. Dimwiited? Oh snap! You got jokes!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • derp

      "4. Funny how atheists refuse to respect human llfe! If we were talking about puppies, whales, trees, and seals you would have a fit!"

      My dog is fixed, but I would have no problem aborting puppies, I've eaten whale, I could give a s&*t less about seals and I heat my home with trees that I cut down on my own land. I simply have no interest in forcing women to have babies they don't want, and will likely not take particularly good care of.

      Funny, when one of these unwanted kids grows up and commits a murder because they were not wanted and had no moral guidance, then you want to kill them.

      Isn't that kind of like a late term abortion?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      derp
      "4. Funny how atheists refuse to respect human llfe! If we were talking about puppies, whales, trees, and seals you would have a fit!" My dog is fixed, but I would have no problem aborting puppies, I've eaten whale, I could give a s&*t less about seals and I heat my home with trees that I cut down on my own land. I simply have no interest in forcing women to have babies they don't want, and will likely not take particularly good care of. Funny, when one of these unwanted kids grows up and commits a murder because they were not wanted and had no moral guidance, then you want to kill them.
      Isn't that kind of like a late term abortion?
      -----–
      Hiding behind your negativity? I'll take the other route:

      How many doctors we snuff out? How many new JFKs or MLKs? Could it be ONE of the reasons Social Security is dying is we snuffed out 6-7 Million potentionally, PRODUCTIVE Americans? Would all of them been productive? Probably not but will never know derp, will we?

      February 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Erin

      Derp, not everyone who is pro-life is also in favor of the death penalty for murderers. i for one am opposed to both abortion and the death penalty. Both are wrong, although abortion is even more wrong considering it takes an innocent life.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Shinywen

      LOL Stevie! All the funnier since the joke apparently sailed right over some heads.

      February 19, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Zambetti

      Derp is right late term abortion committed by the government every day....sending young men off to fight unwanted wars.....Sending criminals to their death fro wrong doings....cutting off medical care to the needy......starving old people....and do you want to see what happens to our Veterans of war....go down to the homeless shelter and see for yourself...all these great topics and more supported by your local "Teabagg Party"

      February 20, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  18. Dir Tee

    Any time you have an individual like this you hear things like; "I feel I have an obligation to plant little seeds with my fans. I'm not going to tell them, 'You need Jesus,' but I will say at the end of my show, 'God loves you.'
    He needs to keep his seeds to himself!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • cindy

      It us a Christian's obligation to "plant little seeds." Not to harrass or force beliefs. If you don't want to hear it, ignore it.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

      Dir Tee:

      Then I guess you should not be such a hypocrit yourself.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • disagree

      @ Dir Tee, why? Why does he have to keep his opinions to himself? You didn't in your post – how come you get to voice yours, but he can't voice his? If you don't like what he has to say then don't listen. I don't like what you have to say so I just dismissed you....see how it works?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Rachael

      Justin is a celebrity. He has the right express his opinion and it is good for young people to hear him do that. He doesnt need to keep his faith to himself.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Greg

      As do you.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Maxp0wer

      That should go for ALL entertainers.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • FreedomFrank

      But its perfectly OK for "Lady" Gaga to spew her filth right? Good for you Justin,,, stick to your guns and don't be another sellout.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • donna

      Entertainers have every right to express their views. If you don't like it, don't go to his show.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Sarah

      @ cindy...you're the reason why people hate crazy, fundamentalist Christians. Real Christians can be proud in their beliefs without imposing them on others.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • mee

      He's obviously insecure about his religious beliefs if he isn't willing to preach to his fans... What would jesus do bieber?

      It's like those stupid bands who promote the purity rings... just an act to drum up more fans whose parents are on the fence about letting their kids go to concerts.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • some emo kid

      Cindy, I got your little seed right here.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Freedom Frank, what "filth" did you object to from Lady Gaga? Could you elaborate or quote?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  19. joe08

    I don't understand everyone taking up arms over someone expressing their opinion and beliefs. It gets to a point were your afraid to say what you actually think or believe.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • L

      The same people who try to silence this kid for his views are the ones constantly crying about censorship. They're his beliefs and his faith. You have your own, so get over it, bullies.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Bob Rock

      As you should if your beliefs are nonsensical and stupid!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • hawkechik

      Welcome to the real world.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Jonathan

      I agree. I am weirdly encouraged that if Justing Beiber can express an unpopular opinion in front of national media, I should be able to do so amongst my friends.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • joe08

      that's what I'm talking about, I have an opinion and people tell me to shut up.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Who's trying to censor him? He is just young and honest enough to recognize that if you are deluded into thing a two minute old embryo is a human then there is never an excuse to abort it. For ra.pe, in.cest or anything.

      That is why all of the pro-life hypocrites that are willing to compromise their stance to allow abortion for ra.pe and in.cest have no moral leg to stand on. A human life is a human life.

      The argument is, when does an embryo begin to have rights as an individual human?

      February 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      MarkinFL,

      You said it, ‘a human life is a human life’.

      When can one say that his or her life is more precious than someone else’s life? A baby in the womb is a separate life…it has every cell it needs to grow into a full sized person just like you. How would you have liked it if your mother decided you were not a person and ended your life while you were in her womb?

      God made us to grow and live as we do and there is no reason to think babies are not human just because of their size. Ask any woman if she would like to have her newly conceived baby be instantly the size it will eventually be when it is born!

      Yes, I know, there are still those who think that if they can get in the womb and kill the baby it doesn’t matter what size it is…as long as there is a womb wrapped around it, they have the right to go in there and rip it apart. It will never be right…you can pass law upon ‘man law’ but you will never prove it is right.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • mee

      Well, Catholic Mom...I wouldn't really know if my mother aborted me because I would be a mass of dead cells that discintegrates into the ground....so I guess a response would be...I wouldn't care if my mom aborted me because I woudln't know any better.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Evelet

      @CatholicMom I'd probably be a lot happier and at peace in heaven than here in this world!

      February 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • ChrisCox

      CathollicMom: You asked "When can one say that his or her life is more precious than someone else’s life?" Right now I can say that I believe my life is more precious than yours. If someone was holding a gun to each of ours heads and the guy said, "It's your call, Chris...do you want shot or do you want me to shoot CatholicMom?"

      February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Rev, Buster Bloodvessel

      "catholic mom" is the meanest old man on the internet.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • doggg

      i have no problem with saying what i believe. in a world were people create their own gods, i fear no one.
      by the way if my mom aborted me in the womb i wouldn't feel anything cause i would be a dead baby...
      how can some one say that they are a christian and not believe in destroying human life. i thought it was their creed?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Beth

      The majority of AntiChoicers either appeal to emotion (HOW CAN YOU KILL BABIES???) or religion for their argument. The fact of the matter is that a z/e/f IS NOT A PERSON and if the woman whose body the z/e/f is occupying decides that the z/e/f is detrimental to her personal welfare, then she has a right to terminate it.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • momof4

      Agreed! Funny how it doesn't go both ways

      February 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      If you can't stand opposition or criticism, maybe you shouldn't voice any opinions. Enlightenment grows from contending thoughts, not from unquestioned groupthink.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Brittany

      jonathan and L, i totally agree!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  20. Rock God

    I was stupid when I was 16, too!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • joe08

      why do you have to tear down another person?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • DrBob

      Unfortunately, it appears you're still plagued with that malady.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • ChristyinFL

      Rock God – don't worry your stupidity is still intact.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • big b

      And I see you still are.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Flipper

      Don't worry Rock, you still are...as well as being an arrogant, intolerant ass.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • StevieBoy

      EXACTLY! Naive and stupid.... can't wait to see him grow up when all the skeletons start falling out of HIS closet! ha ha!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • @rock god

      WAS??????

      February 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • DerrickAnthony

      And you're still stupid, for defending that, at your age. If you were stupid at 16, nothing has changed since then. Why?, because that was the time your stupidity was being perfected.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Mike

      No you're stupid! No you're stupid! Come on people a sixteen your old has nothing to say that wasn't programmed into them by adults. Is there really no noteworthy news out there?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • RakeBackWolf.com

      you still are!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • David

      and now they just call you ignorant

      February 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • jps

      Lots of stupidity going around today. I'd like your comment, Rock God, but there's no like button for some reason.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • mi17mtp

      Like Button.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • C

      So when do you turn 17

      February 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Sean

      Seems like something you should've grown out of by now, hmm?

      February 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Rev, Buster Bloodvessel

      Heck, when I was sixteen I still thought Man's basic nature was good.

      February 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Nero

      To CatholicMom,

      Everything you said is null and void because WE WERE NOT CREATED BY GOD. If you want to say you were, go right ahead. David Coresh thought he was the second coming of christ. Who is more wacked???

      February 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Nero

      I was stupid until I was 16. That's when I decided to stand up to my mom and tell her no more church for me. Never could believe in anything any preacher said. I saw right through it for the BS that it is. And don't you fool christians feel sorry for me. I'm happier than you'll ever be because I can love an accept people for who they are. I'm not required by Religion to discriminate against gays, fornicators, unwed mothers, marijuana smokers, drinkers, dancers, etc, etc, etc,.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • jenny

      If only beavers mum had thought this thru 16 years ago we wouldn't have to listen to him

      February 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Robert

      This just goes to show you how far society has drifted away from where it was from years gone by.Justins views would be applauded years ago but now people are so far removed from christian values that it just stirs them all up.When the Lord Jesus comes back,then you will realize who is right.Hopefully you will turn to Him before that day.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Corwin7

      For Robert...Tell you what...when and if Jesus does come back I'll take it up with him since he and I seem to have a lot more in common than you and I ever will.

      February 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
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