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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. GozieBoy

    I thought he was just another manufactured teenage flash. But I'm impressed; he took a serious issue and spoke his belief, in full knowledge (as provided to him by his agents, no doubt) that the whacked out loony libs would try to destroy him. He stood up anyway, and as predicted the loony lib brigade are trying their best to destroy him.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  2. Alex

    Holy cr*p, this is news??? Who the heck is this guy, and who are his PR people? The amount of PR he's getting beyond sanity.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  3. Bigbrotheriswatching

    Whats the big deal? In 5 years when he's hosting a dumb criminals on tape show on VH1 with Leif Garrett and Danny Bonaduce nobody will really care what his opinions are.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  4. Kamereon

    Too bad he wasn't aborted.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  5. bitnar

    Any excuse for an abortion debate. Followed by a religion debate. Followed by a political debate. Followed by a vegan/meat-eater debate. And then starting over with the abortion debate. Isn't there anything else to talk about?

    February 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  6. Andrew Rogers

    wait til his balls drop and he knocks up some hooaahhh.... he'll be running for the coathanger

    February 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  7. Kate

    While you're all being deflected by the question of time and choice and abortion in general, no-one seems to have blinked at the main comment this little brat made.

    Rape happens for a reason?

    Oh yeah, way to go there kid. Blame the victim much do you? Shall we remind you of that should some hairy ape decide to take advantage of your pretty boy looks and oh-so-innocent attitude? After all, you'll have been raped for a reason, right?

    Islamic Sha'ria is nowhere near the threat to freedom the brand of Christian Sha'ria this little brat seems to have been brought up with poses.

    Just say no to crazed religious fundamentalists who are all about how holy *you* should be to meet *their* expectations.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Nate

      Well said, Kate.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Mario

      I KNOW RIGHT?!

      February 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  8. Mr. Midwife

    One would think that a musician whose fan base is almost exclusively female would show a little more compassionate toward them.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Blessed Geek

      Who then would be showing compassion to that unborn child who has not a voice of its own?

      February 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  9. Wawawhat

    She'll probably feel different about abortion when she ends up with an unwanted pregnancy. Wait, what?! She's a he?

    February 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  10. jason

    Abortion sucks, there should be fewer abortions

    February 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Given that the US is overwhelmingly religious, it seems to me that the number of abortions is primarily a believer problem. If the believer crowd wants to substantially reduce the number of abortions, they simply need to bring their children up better, according to their tribe's myths. No change in any law required, and no opposition from others for forcing your beliefs on others.

      Also, abortion is not murder in Canada or the USA or in most western democracies – if you describe abortion as murder, you are a liar.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • jason

      I repeat, abortion still sucks, and there should be fewer abortions. People who believe there should be more abortions are making our society what it is. Even if people used birth control there would be fewer abortions. Get a clue, it's irresponsible. The greater the need for abortions, the greater the irresponsibility of the society.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      @jason

      I did not say there shouldn't be fewer abortions. Of course there should be!! I merely pointed out that those clamouring for fewer abortions by changing the current laws because of their religious beliefs could achive their goals another way. All they (parents and children) have to do is live their beliefs – don't have premarital s3x and don't seek abortions if they/when they do get pregnant. If only atheists sought abortions, how many abortions would be performed? I don't have a number, but I'm sure it would be less than today.

      February 19, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  11. MJ

    Oh, you twits would have just loved Bieber if he was for murdering innocent babies...He would have been held up on a pedestal and there would be arm waving and cheering because then you could feel good about yourselves. Evil would have another one on its side.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  12. Slick

    CNN, Why is it only "controversial" and causing "backlash" when a person says they are pro-life? Would you have called his views controversial if he said he were pro-choice, even though about half of Americans are on each side of the issue? In fact, a recent Rassmussen poll stated that 53% of Americans believe abortion is usually morally wrong. This is a big reason why CNN is at the bottom of the cable news ratings – no credibility or fairness, only a liberal agenda to fulfill.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • "usually morally wrong"

      Think about the data you just used. If 53% of Americans believe it is USUALLY morally wrong, then that makes them pro-choice. You are either one or the other, not USUALLY, KINDA, SORTA pro-life or pro-choice.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Mario

      Fox News is in the top spot ratings wide because they are a sensational corporation more inclined to produce televised versions of talk radio that often delivers erroneous content (perhaps intentionally) and uses misleading information instead of facts and journalistic integrity. You're allowed to be conservative, but you shouldn't be proud that you are being fooled.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Mario

      But since you like Rasmussen, one of their polls also states 31% of Americans say Fox News has a conservative bias

      February 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  13. Jimeny Lummox

    Aww, leave the beiber alone. If that's his opinion fine. Last time I checked, people were still free to voice their opinions or has the right been taken away in Canada. Whether you believe one way or the other, this type of dialog is what we get when we rely on our social commentary from flavor of the day teen idols.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  14. aaron

    Generalized abortion is just one measure by which to gauge how far our society has fallen. The fact that it is considered (and even embraced) as morally ok to terminate a life out of convenience is tragic at best.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  15. Robert Hagedorn

    Intelligent Bible thinking is not oxymoronic. Do a search: The First Scandal.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  16. rachbell

    I didn't see him offer to nurture and raise all these unwanted children and also put them through college. Maybe he's too young to be practical.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Pinkflam

      Maybe he realizes that the only right course of action is to make the consequences of spawning children you can't take care of so horrible and so high that fear of retribution drives people to take precautions or abstain. Gosh, that's been tried in more civilized places in the world, and it works everytime and everyplace it is tried.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • jason

      Funny, there are THOUSANDS of parents who are awaiting infants to adopt, surely your argument can't be that there aren't parents out there who would want to bear that responsibility if the mother can't?

      February 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  17. Kari

    I respect other's opinions on this topic, because I believe not everyone is going to have the same view. But what I do strongly believe is that this child (Justin Bieber) should not be outwardly discussing these topics at his age. He may be Christian and he may have his opinions but what about the children that idolize him that are of the "tween" age? This is not appropriate topics for someone with his vast age fan base, I certainly was the first one to advise my sister that my 11 year old neice should not be reading that magazine (as my niece wants to buy anything with Justin's face on it). Justin – do us all a favor – keep most of your opinions on such hot topics to yourself. Just because you believe in something does NOT mean it needs to be world broadcast news.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Pazke

      Fault the reporter. He asked him all sorts of inappropriate questions.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Shauna

      He most certainly should be able to voice his opinion just like anyone else. He is still a human being who has a voice and should never be told what to believe, say or how to act just because of who he is. I applaud him for standing up for saying what he believes.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Kari

      You can't fault the reporter. He's doing his job. But the job he has as a 17 year old celebrity is to realize what demographic is reading this. "No comment" would have been sufficient or he could have just said "I have my opinions on this topic but having never been in this situation I would not feel comfortable discussing this". Their publicist, managers, etc. all have access to what questions will be asked before all interviews, especially where a minor is concerned. I think his answer could have been handled other than outwardly projecting his views on such a highly taboo topic.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • aaron

      Sure Kari, people under age of 35 shouldn't be allowed to EVER express their opinions (I happen to be 35, so this doesn't apply to me). But anyone who doesn't meet MY criteria shouldn't be allowed to do anything I don't want them to.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  18. HotAirAce

    jesus christ was not the messiah and neither is Jason Bieber. He is ent!tled to his opinion but if anyone seriously credits his opinion, they need to find a new role model ('cause it is not likely he has had real world life experiences that would give him meaningful insight, and is just being a good little boy parroting his mommy and daddy) or they're probably in the believer/anti-abortion crowd already. My bet is that he will quickly learn (be coached!) to stay away from political subjects, lest they shorten his young and likely to be short career (given the longevity of most teen age heart throbs).

    February 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • Joe

      Well no one is forcing you to accept Jesus as the saviour. But the fact remains that you are going to account for the way you are living your life at the end of the age. are you prepared? I am exceedingly glad that someone like Justin is not ashamed to be identified with the Saviour even though his fans may not like it. Justin keep it up because he said if we confess him before men he will confess us before the angels of his Father in heaven

      February 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  19. Lori

    He is a 15 year old boy, he hasn't had much exposure to the real world and why people may feel the need to abort a pregnancy. Even later in life though, if that is what he believes, then that is his right. As long as he isn't forcing his opinions on anyone, then let him what he wants.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Pinkflam

      It seems to me that people like you didn't have any problem forcing your pro-abortion views on the rest of us. Well, Ducky, turnabout is fair play.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Pazke

      Well, actually, he's 17. I don't know what the reporter was thinking, asking a 17 yo pop singer that question. It's really none of our business. All in all, he gave a pretty good answer. He said he believed abortion was wrong, but he has never been in the situation so he can't say for sure. That's pretty grown up.

      February 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • mrspansas

      Pinkflam: Amen!!

      February 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Tman

      You are forcing your opinions on others if you support abortion. One side is happy when the other isn't and that makes one side forced to endure the murder and suffering of millions. We fought the nazi who killed the innocent but here we say they can't talk or walk there not human. Wouldn't this go for the mentally handicapped who can't walk or talk. They don't really live a life right? Wrong we are all alive and that means you are kill innocent beings. If they weren't alive and human yet they wouldn't need to be killed!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  20. Bryan Del Rizzo

    Thank god. The last thing we need in the US is another 50 million unwanted kids. Or folks that have to turn to welfare, simply because folks like you think it is cool to inflict your brand of pathetic fanaticism on the rest of us.

    February 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • SHELDON

      WHO CARES WHAT ANY 15 YR OLD THINKS ABOUT ANYTHING–EXCEPT CARTOONS MAYBE!

      February 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
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