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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. Beth

    Shawn,

    Thank you for remaining civil 🙂 We can agree to disagree.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mom

    Since he has no uterus, he'll never have to decide.

    Mind your own uterus.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  3. hillbilleter

    Journalists who ask inappropriate questions of children should be reassigned to adults. It was the interviewer of Justin Bieber who sank to "creepy uncle" level when the questions were posed. Bieber may be 16, but he is still not an adult and cannot have formed a really informed opinion of his own. Any adult-centric questions posed to him will only get a regurgitation of what he has overheard the people around him opine. Until he has the education and has done his own reading and research, his opinion isn't really his. Asking Adult questions of a Minor is sensationalism at the risk of damaging a still-forming psyche. Children should be protected from journalists who would shred them up and hang the bloody pieces on a bulletin board for public perusal. Was the journalist trying to "take down" this kid? That's what I'm interested in.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  4. tvilledad

    If that clump of fetal cells were discovered on Mars. What would the headlines be?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  5. HR

    Who cares what this punk kid says – he hates America, let him go back to Canada and run his mouth

    February 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  6. Athlete

    Justin who ?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  7. Jim

    Really? Does anyone really care what this kid says? Besides 12 year old girls, anyway.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  8. Opeth31

    It doesn't matter what he view is...not all will agree...at least he has an opinion

    February 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  9. Beth

    Joe,
    I’m quite proud of the fact that my mother had the right to choose. You making baseless inflammatory remarks suggests that you have nothing intelligent to offer this conversation. Have a wonderful life.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  10. Mike

    There's nothing I've seen in his comments which says he believes that abortion should be illegal and should be legislated. I respect people who are against abortions. I have trouble respecting people who want to illegalize abortions, and impose their beliefs on others. Bieber might be toeing the line here, but he hasn't crossed it.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  11. Chelsea

    @Which Day: It's a person once it's developed a brain and has the ability to dream and feel pain.

    Before that, it's a lump of Cells and flesh.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  12. Smith

    Christian smistian- Biological fact. Embryo = human being. This is taught to us in elementary biology class. But If the cromagnates want to exterminate their own offspring? whatever.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  13. lawstudent

    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 4:16 pm |
    • Jeepers

      "...Sheep...," "...shoving beliefs down throats..." Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...

      February 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Ryan

    The world is full of unwanted children. If a woman makes the choice to have an abortion, she usually has a good reason to do so. And her reason(s) is all that matters!! Her child, her life. As for Bieber...kids say the darndest things.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  15. ClosetIguana

    Bob
    Adoption is always give as the "answer" to abortion.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Sonia

    this little boy needs to learn to wipe his ass properly first. then he might be allowed to have an opinion on other matters.

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

      Justin is almost 17. A lot of 17 yr. olds are parents already. He's very much old enough to form his own opinions. If people can't handle his beliefs, then reporters shouldn't be asking these kind of questions. And where do you get off saying when anyone is allowed to have their own opinion?? His beliefs may differ from yours, but you are the one who needs to grow up if can't handle it.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  17. Mia

    I dont think that there is truly such a thing as pro-abortion. Most people are pro the woman's right to make choices for her own body, family and life. No one is happy to hear about an abortion or to experience being in a situation where one is required on either side of the fence. I think that in a perfect world when you arent in the situation, it is easy to pass judgement and say what you would do or not do. I honestly think that everyone who says abortion should be illegal should also sign a waiver that says they will pay the extra taxes of providing social services and insurance for the child they voted to have born, should be on a waiting list for a domestic adoption of a child of any ethnicity and/or age so that children are immediately placed and not bounced home to home since thats everyones solution, be registered for foster care programs to take in the abused children born due to their law. When you have done all of those things...then say you are prolife. Otherwise you are just pro-judgement.

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

      You are right. People want the children to be born no matter what, but after they are here, they could care less for them.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Kelly007

      Thank you Mia for some needed wisdom. You cannot judge anyone unless you REALLY walk a mile in their shoes. If everyone who is against abortion would donate large amounts of time and money to these children AFTER they are born then I would believe there was some genuine interest in the life of the unborn – HOWEVER, there seems to be some deep need in Christians to tell everyone else how to live without any real sincere compassionate ACTION to back up their belief.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  18. bobaloo

    3 miscarriages? The water supply is contaminated with chemicals, discarded drugs, light bulb murcury, garbage seepage, and birth control pills. Health care costs in america- controlled by the same big money that is pumping fat, sugar, salt, drugs and chemicals into every food item they can. You buy it and your body gets sick eventually. A lot of the ingredients come from China. Glutton in most foods is made from Chinese tuurds. (pooop) More money for big business. Just like the smokers, dream consumers for big tobacco. A big plate of gulf shrimp anyone? The Obamas love it! Free tartar sauce...

    February 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  19. Val

    Uhm....I thought that people were allowed to believe whatever they want? So the problem here is....what exactly?

    February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  20. derp

    I thought Beiber was gay. Doesn't that create a problem with his whole christianess thing.

    February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jeff

      It's not about being gay. It is about immoral behavior.

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

      I don't care what Beiber's or any other teenagers views are, abortion or kind of food he likes, just because he's has some fame means we have to critique everything that comes out of his pie hole?

      February 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
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