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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. JC

    It's the LAW nitwits. Nuff said. No go back to hating non christians. Hypocrites.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • BGJ

      And we used to have a law that said it was o.k to own slaves. Obviously, all laws are perfect and should never be changed.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  2. Freedom of Choice

    Please refer to the above name

    February 18, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • BGJ

      I think that you mean freedom to murder

      February 18, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  3. tyson

    dork

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  4. Tired Of Pop

    This kid has no right to comment on any topics like this. What does someone his age really know about any real issues like this, personal beliefs aside. Anti-abortionists can just keep thier opinions and not get one. You have no right to tell anyone else what to to with thier own body. Period. NO right. Go home, pray, and leave others alone. This kid just needs to sing and keep his idiotic mouth shut.

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

      "He has no right to comment"?...ever hear of a little thing called freedom of speech?

      You should be very proud of supporting murder, That is so awesome.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Total believer

      The young man just happens to agree with the majority of the American population (check the polls). Furthermore, you may be legally allowed to kill your child under our current laws, but that doesn't give you the right to do it. You can control your own body right up to the nose of the next person. Whether you want to admit it or not, that baby is a human being. You have no right to chose to end his or her life. Besides, killing babies isn't the solution to social problems like teen pregnancy or hunger. Figure out a way to solve the problem, don't kill an innocent person for political or social convenience.

      It amazes me that there are so many people who think taking a life is perfectly fine.... How warped is that?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  5. Alonnea

    First off I love how just because he's 16 he's not allowed to have opinions on anything. I had opinions on everything including politics by the time I was in middle school. Guess what, not all teenagers have fluff in their brains. Second what does him being a pop star have to do with anything. He's very talented but unfortunately there aren't many other music demographics that would take a 16 year old right now so he's doing what he can for the time being.

    Also saying Christianity is a brainwashing is a cop out. How easy it must be to just say everyone else is not allowed to have their beliefs because they've been brainwashed. I can say I don't necessarily agree with everything that religions teach but I don't see any reason why me having faith in something makes me a sheep. If there is a god then it will work out for me in the end and if there isn't it didn't hurt me as a person when I was on this earth. I love how "open minded" people want everyone to think what they do. It kind of defeats the purpose of having an open mind, don't you think?

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

      Bravo, Alonnea. I applaud you for your post. You are so right.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  6. bob

    the only reason the "CHURCH" is against abortion, is cuz they want their flock to multiply. and chances are if ur in scenario where your thinking of abortion, the kid isnt gonna turn out good 90% of the time . in some broken family . but hay that keeps the humans down. survival of the unfittest.

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

      do you really believe that, or are you just drunk?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  7. derp

    Jesus does not like gays either. So your in trouble Bieber.

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

      derp,

      Take another look.....
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sILSapUUc&w=640&h=390]

      February 18, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Eugene

      well said"""'

      February 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  8. Louisiana Man

    What hypocrisy from the right. Its ok to quote and high five boy toy on the topic of abortion and when it suits their agenda-

    BUT-he also has slandered our health care in comparison to Canada-
    and none of the good, christian, moral GOPers praised him for the accurate summation of our health care system

    February 18, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Lindsay

      No hypocricy here lefty... THIS blog, is about this statement on abortion, and his faith. If we were on another blog about his comments on the American healthcare system, or about his hateful statements about America being "evil," I'd have an opinion on that, and I don't agree. Don't paint us all w/ a broad brush – we DO have brains you know....

      AND a heart... who knew.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  9. derp

    Just one more reason for me to dislike this talentless little h o m o. I though jesus hated gays too.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • CatholicMom

      derp,

      No, you are wrong. God loves all people.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sILSapUUc&w=640&h=360]

      February 18, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  10. Tacjam

    Here's a bit of advice kid....if you're not running for office keep your mouth shut about politics! The only thing your going to do is loose a portion of your fan base!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Total believer

      Good grief.... Abortion isn't about politics. How can you say that whether you terminate the life of a child is a matter or your political beliefs. Ooh, that makes me feel sick to my stomach. Is human life no more important than being a democrat or republican?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  11. stannard

    Don't ask a teenager about life liberty and or the pursuit of happyness, do not ask a man about a women's issue as it is happy healthy babies , I must say it isn't about babies or the story wouldn't cause so many men to post..No it has become obvious that its there seed they fuse over as there actions show the concern they have for all children.. I say bring Jesus into the biz n boardroom an see how many healthy happy mom's make stronger families.. oh yea its a lifetime commitment sorely lacking in the USA as your attention span is as long as this poor kids career .

    February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  12. openminded19

    Bieber is such a puppet and a tool! What a great way to "indoctrinate" some of his easy to sway young "followers"!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Margie

      Openminded? I think not.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  13. Mike

    Are you kidding. With economic ruin on the near horizon and other troubles in this country/world, all you find to report is what a programmed child has to say about an issue he couldn't possibly have any real thoughts on; are you serious?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Mike consider this: our economic condition could very well be related to our lack of concern for life.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • SEL

      Uh, yeah Catholic mom. So you keep voting for those life-loving Republicans who start WARS in Iraq and kill innocent civilians. That really shows how much you respect life.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  14. Dulcimer

    "everything happens for a reason." is a believers way of saying "I can't justify my position"..

    February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Margie

      No, it's a believer's way of saying God doesn't make mistakes. You don't have to believe that, but a lot of people do.

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

      Well, gee, Margie, I guess if GOD doesn't make mistakes than that rapist was supposed to be a rapist. And therefore, gay people are gay b/c GOD wants then to be, right?

      February 18, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  15. NIK

    Lil guy is allowed to believe what he wants to believe, just like you all. Leave him alone.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  16. Scott

    It seems his view is controversial only because it doesn't agree with the mainstream.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • BGJ

      actually, he agrees with the mainstream. he doesn't agree with liberal media and entertainment types.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • im4sanity

      I think that is what the definition of controversial is.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Akumaleva

      Yes during the time I was his age to have disagreed with him would have been controversial.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  17. Ryan

    I wonder what Bob Rock believes in. Certainly not evolution, which is theory, with no facts, has no evidence to support it (the fossil record was proven false in the 1960s by secular scientists), and the probability of it happening is far more astronomical than the probability of God being real.
    Grow up and read an actual Bible numbnuts.

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

      Well if you weigh the evidence for evolution and the evidence for deity, clearly evolution is more probable than deity. Just read some time especially the mounting evidence shown in various scientific publications like National Geographic, Discover magazine, Scientific American, Nature...etc.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Actually... the fossil record hasn't been "disproven" and scientifically speaking your god is a physical impossibility. Read a real science book.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Andiemae

      I think the word "secular" just took the wind out of any reasonable argument you may have been trying to make.

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

      @Ryan,
      A scientific theory is an explanatory framework well substantiated by facts, laws, observations, and repeatable testing.
      There is a significant amount of evidence supporting evolution.
      Besides fossils (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_transitional_fossils), there's genetic evidence (like Endogenous Retroviruses), bio-molecular evidence (like protein mutations in cytochrome-c), and the time-geography distribution of animals (evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/lines_09).

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

      wow you are ignorant. All the evidence supports evolution. The fossil record, matches the comparative anatomy, which matches the DNA evidence. Try looking at real science and not the religious fundamentalist websites. If something could really debunk evolution, it would be the biggest news in the scientific community. There would be TONS of people trying to jump on the claim to fame bus.

      February 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  18. aatami.

    Oh come on people. He's a 16 year old dimwit. He's not selling
    records because he's intelligent. Shut it and move along.

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

      here here, he probably had to be told what abortion is, then what his view would be. he's a tool. don't worry, he'll be history the second he hits puberty.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  19. So Con

    Wow...I do not follow the latest stars as their mostly liberal views make me sick...BUT thank you Justin for your pro life statement!!!!!!!!!!!! Can it lead to saving a few defenceless souls?

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

      Do you care to raise these defenseless souls. Or would you rather have a mother how doesn't want them to raise them. Or maybe when the dysfunctional child grows we can build more prisons.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • 1byrd

      Save a few defenseless souls from what? Eternal salvation??? Yeah, you'd rather be on this wonderful planet than seeing the day of awakening as a sin-free angel. And that's if an embryo is indeed a "soul" – which according to biblical definitions of "life".... it isn't.... Emotion rules your view, not careful and caring reading....

      February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • aatami.

      So con, it's people like you who allow their ignorance and stupidity to create an environment of fear and hate. You have no right to dictate your religious idiocy to others. Learn how to be a decent citizen and respect the laws of the land and the beliefs of others or get out, go to some fanatical religious nation like Saudi Arabia or Iran where you'll be in good company. Good riddance you christian.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Steve the real one

      JC
      Do you care to raise these defenseless souls. Or would you rather have a mother how doesn't want them to raise them. Or maybe when the dysfunctional child grows we can build more prisons.
      --------
      So then the option is to put them down like an old race horse? We are not talking about yesterday's trash! We are talking about human beings!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Seraphim0

      It's a legal choice. He can have his opinion, as can others. If you don't like the law, go somewhere else. I'd love to see how you would deal with the idea of having the child of a rapist.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • CatholicMom

      For a young person, Justin, you have an adult perspective on life! Don’t ever be swayed by those who prefer death for babies over life! You have a great future ahead of you and are a great example for all people of all ages; you are a beam of shining light!

      Your future will be great because no matter where you are, what happens, you have a clear conscience about right and wrong which will help you make all right decisions in life. May God continue to bless you!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Erin

      Noticing that once again it is the pro-choice side that is using insults to try to argue (or diffuse the argument) their side. Why all the name-calling? Why all the "get out of here if you don't like our laws!" What if I'd said that to somebody who fought to reverse the law which stated that we could own other people as slaves?

      I also keep seeing the tendency for pro-choicers to judge the quality of another person's life. Because somebody might have what they perceive to be a life that is not worth living, they can decide for that other person to kill them, to "put them out of their misery" ahead of time. This is a true example of a lack of tolerance... not even allowing another person to make his own decisions about the value and worth of his life. Some people who came from horrific experiences went on to accomplish great things, and they would not have been able to if somebody else had judged their existence as having a quality of life such that death would be preferable.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  20. JC

    If you don't like abortion. Don't have one! Otherwise mind tour own business it's the law. And we are a nation of laws. Aren't we?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • So Con

      sorry...can't remain silent on this slaughter...so-called law or no law!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • aatami.

      Wake up folks, we stopped being a nation of laws quite sometime ago. We are a nation of the wealthy getting ruling over the rest of the population like a new reoyalty ruling over the serfs. There are at least two states in this country where an abortion cannot be had because of the threats of murder against the providers by right wing terrorists in the name of religion. So,,,,,nation of laws? Guess again comrade!

      February 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • JC

      So I guess it's ok if illegals from Mexico come here. "Law" we don't need no stinkin laws".

      February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • BGJ

      if you don't like murder, don't murder anyone. Otherwise mind your own business.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • The Zen Particle

      If you don't like war, corporate greed and government corruption, don't participate in them otherwise mind your own business!

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

      the views of a 15-year-old boy are, I'm afraid, not relevant. Not even a little. He knows nothing.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • CatholicMom

      BGJ,

      Oh, my…. only those who don’t believe murder is appropriate should not partake of murder, all others have at it! Think about what you just said! Surely you didn’t mean it the way it came out….

      February 18, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • anthony haas

      Good points. Thank you.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • Nero

      So I guess JC doesn't like Mexicans? Way to change the subject.

      February 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Murder is the highest mortal sin a man or woman could commit other than the unforgivable sin.

      Christians know that Christ's blood covers all the repented sins of a true believer, but the Bible does single out one particular sin in the book of 1 John 3:15, and that is murder:

      1 John 3:15

      15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

      That does not say that "no murderer can ever have eternal life." What it states is that "no murderer can expect that eternal life." It is not guaranteed to him/her as it is to other types of repentant sinners.

      In verse 1 John 3:15, the word used is "abiding" in him. That word "abiding" is a Greek word #3306, see below for definition:

      Abiding: Greek word #3306; meno (men'-o); a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy)

      If a murderer cannot gain eternal life here on earth, then where can he/she gain it? In Heaven, on judgment day with God ... when Almighty God Himself opens the books. That is when God will make the final decision. Murderers must wait till he/she dies and appears before God to be forgiven of that particular sin. God may or may not forgive him or her. Only God knows.

      Maybe this will cross some one's mind when they pick up the phone to make an appointment.

      February 19, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • CatholicMom

      HeavenSent,
      The only unforgiveable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit . Not murder.
      Read page 48 [it is in English]…. Dominum et vivificantem …..

      February 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
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