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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. Matthew

    Who cares? Way to do that hard hitting journalism CNN.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  2. Kevin

    AAHHH!! I feel your hate. I feel your anger. Mostly I feel your fear. Your fear that anyone with a different opinion or anyone who has a christian belief will actually prove to you that you are responsible for your actions and there will be consequences for the choices you make. Your journey to the darkside is complete.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Religion vs Greed

      That about somes it up

      February 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  3. Matthew

    Who cares?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Dan Quinn

    this is one courageous kid

    February 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  5. William

    Please watch this video and then think againg about abortion:

    [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJzSiAPXTiQ&w=640&h=390]

    If it does not schock you, find out why!

    God bless you all

    February 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  6. Ken

    So let me get this straight....
    We force a woman to have a child, when she does want it or can't care for it. The child ends up becoming a product of their environment (i.e. biological parents are not there as role models or they were put up for adoption, one of the worst systems out there). The child ends up in and out of jail. The child commits a murder and ends up on death row. The same people that yelled save the fetus, are now yelling kill him. Now, vuala, two lives have been lost to save a fetus.

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

      The fetus has committed no crime

      February 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Religion vs Greed

      Your parents didn't decide to abort you. Be thankful for that...

      February 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Evelet

      @Ken
      Exactly, there's a much bigger picture that people don't want to address. Sad but true!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Evelet

      @Religion vs Greed
      Don't you want to go to heaven? Isn't it better than here, isn't it perfect? Well that's were all those babies are, in a better place than the one we're in!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  7. KC

    Applaud the young man for at least having a viewpoint of his own, and not just following everyone in the entertainment industry like some mindless sheep. Applaud him for having his view without judging others or trying to shove it down other peoples' throats.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  8. Bob Dog

    I wonder how much beiber is paying is publicist to allow him to totally destroy his career! Its delightful to think that he is paying someone perhaps $100,000 of dollars, and they allowed him to inflict such profound damage. Now this is entertainment!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Ken Ansley

      So basically Bob, you're saying that people with Christian views can't be entertainers or celebrities?

      Well thanks for the inside view....

      Can be a Muslim or Jewish or Atheist but God forbid you have a different view....

      How FORGIVING OF YOU!!!!

      Makes me want to live next to you....in the 50's and be black just to TICK YOU OFF!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  9. T.O.

    The only reason Justin Bieber is against abortion is because he is still just a fetus himself.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Monica

      Most amazing comment I've ever read

      February 19, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  10. Kim

    Why the backlash??? Why is it just cuz this is a teen he should not have such opinions? Good for him! I was never a fan, but I am now!!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ken Ansley

      You and me both Kim...

      Seems the kid pop idol has his own views...*GASP!!!!*

      DHS will be bringing him in for questioning tomorrow I'm sure....

      People: GET A GRIP!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Mel

      I agree Kim. I don't have "Bieber Fever" either and don't even care for the music, but I'm a fan of his willingness to answer some hot button questions honestly. All this uproar is ridiculous.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Rick

      Yea, he was asked a question, we would all really have thought him a rocket scientist if he answered, "ah, gee, hadn't ever thought about that before." Of course, whether one cares for his performance or not, I have never even heard him sing, the truth is he is highly successful and that is no accident. I think many of the whiners are just jealous that they don't have the smarts to be a millionaire by the time they die, let alone by 16

      February 19, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  11. KC

    Applaud the young man for at least having a viewpoint of his own, and not just following everyone in the entertainment industry like some sheep. Applaud him for having his view without judging others or trying to shove it down other peoples' throats.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ken Ansley

      Thank You KC, finally someone with some intelligence on CNN....

      February 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  12. Evelet

    I despise religion as a whole. It can be wonderful in some peoples lives, but overall religions are so destructive and used for evil deeds. Look at history and all the atrocities that were carried out in the name of one religion or another. God is not a religion!! I believe in God, I do not believe in a religion! The fact that where you grow up in the world dictates what religion you are should give you a clue. The bible can be played like a fiddle, ask 10 different people what one verse means and you will get 10 different answers. I repeat God is not a religion!!

    February 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Religion vs Greed

      Greed is the root to all sufferings, and atheists/non-religious groups can only see the mask (religion) as the cause. I'm a religious person using logic, and is seeing through the mask (religion) that covers up the truth that greed is the root of all evil. Every conflict recorded in history has Greed written all over it.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Evelet

      I agree with you on that greed has much do with the current state of our world, but do you seriously believe religion has nothing to do with it? Seriously?? Perhaps people just use religion in a way to fuel their greed, is that what you're saying? Then what's the point of it to begin with? It's just a fallacy that can be twisted for any purpose you desire.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Religion vs Greed

      Non-religions and some cults have a much bigger history of murder. Charles Manson, David Koresh, Nero, and others have committed atrocities. As for atheists: 100 million killed during the 20th century alone.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Nick

      As they say, take care when reading the bible: A text without a context is a pretext for a proof text.

      February 19, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  13. Robyn

    So Bieber's a 16 year old idiot who thinks the world's a black and white place where all the answers are simple and easy.
    Where is the surprise?

    The problem is if he becomes 26 and still has his Ken and Barbie view of plastic people and bumper sticker answers to life.
    Give him time to be stupid.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  14. Umm....?

    Everyone realizes he is just an entertainer, correct?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • 2 Dads & 3 Kids

      ....and not a very good one according to The Grammy's.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  15. Tom

    What garbage journalism. He's not old enough or mature enough for anyone to heed his opinions. His babbling could actually be dangerous for other kids. He is singer, not a legislator, or a minister and should learn to keep his punk mouth shut.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Mel

      Justin was asked a question, and he responded based on his personal beliefs. If he should "keep his punk mouth shut," then so should you!

      February 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • jlhmch

      Who cares about Rolling Stone anymore? That dumb rag hasn't been relevant in over twenty years. The once hip publication is a joke. It's embarrassing now.

      February 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  16. Wow, according to your logic...

    I never thought of it as pregnancy as being forced servitude. I guess that makes sense. Then using this logic, a man then should not be forced to pay child support for a pregnancy he did not want. I think you are right.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Josh in FL

      Unless he is sterile, the only way a can avoid a pregnancy he doesn't want, then he should not be having intercourse. Abstinence is the only surefire method of birth control.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  17. Free Thinker

    [WHAT IS IT WITH THIS CNN CENSORSHIP??? MY POST HAD NOTHING OBJECTIONABLE IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

    Wow, bad singing is one thing, but this is just another reason for Bieber to quietly fade out of the limelight. If he thinks young people are going to be drawn in sympathy to his h*teful brand of religious br*inwashing, then he is really going to reap what he has sewn. For the few fans left who enjoy mutual self-delusion, that's just plain pathetic, but it's their loss. Really, even in case of r*pe, *bortion is the wrong choice? Really?! This kid doesn't have the slightest clue about women's rights. Shame, shame, shame...

    February 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Rick

      no, but apparently he has clues about baby and human rights

      February 19, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  18. ClosetIguana

    I wonder if he'll adopt when he's of legal age. I'm leaning toward no. Talking about the situation is easier than dealing with it.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Bob

      What does him adopting at legal age have to do with the price of duck eggs in China. In other words , what in the hell are you talking about.We are talking abortion. Not adoption , or are you to stupid to know the difference.

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

      Bob: there is that little problem of what happens when abortions don't take place, the already sizable amount of babies up for adoption yet unadopted will increase even more. Should those kids be the taxpayers burden in government run homes? Should they die in the street? I think more compassionate christians need to step up to the plate and put actions to their words, adopt more children!

      February 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Rick

      So we should kill old people if they don't have anyone to take care of them? Or young single people who become disabled? Its morally the same issue.

      February 19, 2011 at 12:08 am |
  19. M

    Who gives a crap about Justin Bieber's views on abortion ?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • sheila wolfe

      I agree with you. Justin, just don't get one if you don't believe in it.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Tom

      Exactly

      February 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • kate

      Apparently you do, since you looked up the article and took the trouble to respond.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • 2 Dads & 3 Kids

      Who cares about Justin Bieber's opinion on anything. He's just another teen trend. Here today, rehab tomorrow. Except he's a rabid christian which translates to hypocrite.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Rick

      I do

      February 19, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  20. bill ball

    he will be crucified for speaking the truth be cause abortion is used so your little life is not interrupted

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

      You are all arguing semantics when what you should really be arguing is that God gave us all free will to do what we wish. He is the one to judge in the end.

      Secondly, the Morning After Pill doesn't KILL the embryo, nor does an IUD for that matter. It prevents implantation by convincing the body it is already pregnant (through different means). Not the same thing at all.

      God does that all the time too. God created everything that exists, correct? So really, all of these arguments are moot, are they not?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Nick

      Amy, by your logic, does that mean we should allow adults to murder other adults because 'God made us with free will' and 'he will judge in the end?'

      February 19, 2011 at 1:25 am |
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