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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

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  1. StarMan

    Wow, there's a sucker born every minute. Believe in religion you fools. What a bunch of malarkey. Abortion? Do what YOU think is right, not what someone else says is right. Religion is the crutch of humanity.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • C

      So you are in favor of Sharia law then? Beat your wife, behead someone who leaves the church, cut off the hands that steal. That is what they think is right

      February 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Interesting choice in how you named your handle StarMan if you don't believe in ..........

      Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

      Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

      Matthew 2:3 When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

      Matthew 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

      Matthew 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

      Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, [in] the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

      Matthew 2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

      Matthew 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

      Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

      Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

      Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

      Matthew 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

      Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

      Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

      Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

      Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

      Matthew 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

      Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

      Matthew 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

      Matthew 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

      Matthew 2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

      Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

      Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

      Amen.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  2. pooch

    go talk to bristol palin, there, beebs.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  3. Stephen Daedalus

    Why do we care what this kid has to say again? It's not as though he's expressing an original thought.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Somesense

      Yeah, and your "who cares what this kid thinks" comment is entirely original...

      February 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Well, well, well Stephen Daedalus, one shouldn't look down one's nose like that! You just may bump into a sign post, or step over your feet. Or, both.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  4. alan

    Why the heck is rolling stone interviewing a 15 year old about anything other then his "music"? A 15 year old is incredibly naive and stupid about most things. No offense to the kid but who cares what a kid thinks?

    February 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Obviously Alan, you as well as all of us writing on this blog.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. denver

    Regarding this: "[In the case a r4pe], I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason."

    Am I reading that wrong or is Beiber suggesting that a woman becoming pregnant via r4pe is part of God's divine plan?

    February 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • Stephen Daedalus

      Nope, you read it correctly. Who would have guessed that he'd be an idiot under that hair? Oh... everyone.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • denver

      Well that's certainly... unconventional.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      denver, what part of God giveth life and God taketh away ... do you not understand?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Levelheaded

    Why are people giving this kiddo a problem for his answer to the question about abortion? How about we ask why an adult with a magazine is asking a kid this age about issues like this? Let the child be a child and not ask him his views about babies dying. I remember the information that they used to ask the teen heartthrobs, and it didn't include this type of info. Leave him be.

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

      I think it's very likely that the questions were pre-screened. It sounds like he was very happy to talk about his views.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Parrish Theodore

    Anyone placing stock in a 16 year old's views on anything other than Wii ought to be embarrassed right now.

    You too CNN. THIS IS NOT NEWSWORTHY! Get back to legitimate journalism. It's sure been a while.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • kas

      Well said

      February 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • MikeyNYC

      Are you on drugs? What exactly would you define as "legitimate" journalism? Just stories about politics and the economy? Using your rather limited reasoning, only a few pages of the New York Times are "legitimate journalism" while the stories on movies, restaurants, theater, sports and lifestyle are "illegitimate". How I wish that idiots such as yourself would learn that just because you don't like a story or its content doesn't mean its not newsworthy. Judging by the number of comments that this story generated, people are certainly interested in the subject, YOU included!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  8. tim bullard

    i agree/i'll get his album now

    February 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  9. Cody

    Women deserve the right to choose if they want to go through a potentially life threatening pregnancy, regardless of the situation, end of story. Anyone that think's they have the right to decide what life threatening risk's another person can take should move to China to be with the real communists.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      And, Cody has spoken.

      Babble, babble, babble. Next!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  10. DEADINSIDE

    No.....my name has nothing to do with abortion......But, when little Justin grows up and gets pregnant and has to face a real life decision, then....and only then, will his opinion count.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Somesense

      If he grows up and becomes pregnant I think he will have larger problems than his stance on abortion...

      February 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      DEADINSIDE, didn't Op-r-a-h already do that show. A pregnant man. Oh, that's right. He was a she.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  11. whatever

    who cares what he has to say, 99% of the people that listen to this loser are young , dumb white females

    February 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Ms Sdak

      Careful. Your racism is showing.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      So, I suspect that you "whatever" just happened to blog on this post because you just wanted to and didn't hear or read what Justin said?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  12. TheRationale

    Selfish brat.
    R-ape? Everything happens for a reason? Yeah when you live in an ivory tower and can't even define the word adversity that's sure easy for him to say. What a selfish piece of garbage.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      The Rationale, the mod squad won't let my post be printed about rapists and murderers.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  13. kab

    The saddest thing is to bring an unloved, and unwanted child into this world. There is nothing crueler than to bring an unloved and unwanted child into this world. Justin is a child himself. He is no role model for anyone. He has no right to judge anyone. He has not fathered a child in poverty. He has no experience in life. Do not follow his lead. He is a sinner. A son of Satan brought here to make this world suffer. Beware of evil disguised as a pretty boy with a guitar. Beware of smooth talkers who do not know what they do. Forgive those who trespass, but disregard their evil opinions.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Are you kidding me kab?! Unwanted pregnancies for whatever reason are wanted by many men and women that would love, cherish, feed, clothe and raise that child as their own.

      All life is a gift from God.

      If you remember anything in your life, remember this post. God loves life that's why He gave life.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Bretticus25

    It is refreshing to see a pop star with pro-life beliefs. There is nothing wrong with taking a stand on preserving life. Hollywood and the entertainment industry have become absolutely bent on destruction and risky behavior. Just when I think that morality has been destroyed, this guy takes a stand. If anyone decides to boycott him, let me know. I'll buy a CD to counter it.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
    • denver

      This is silly. Hollywood wants to provide what people want to consume. If abstinenance and Jesus sold, they'd be selling it.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Cody

      What would be even more refreshing is seeing a pop star that stands for individual liberty.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • cmon now 5844

      Ok, we'll be sure to give you a call.

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

      RE: "If anyone decides to boycott him, let me know. I'll buy a CD to counter it."

      I've convinced 100 people to not buy Bieber's cd. Better bust out that credit card and get to work....

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

      Bretticus25, do you mean those sillys in H-wood that force their food up with their fingers so they can fit into a size 0?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  15. Rod from Indy

    He's a child. We all had certain ideas during childhood, before we were able to look at the whole picture, like a woman's rights...

    February 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      You have to remember that most if not all pro-lifers believe abortion is murder. From that perspective, denying women the right to abort is completely justified. You would not support a woman's right to murder her child, would you? Any women's rights issues that may be involved there are trivial compared to the implications of legalized infanticide.
      I'm not saying that all abortion IS murder, necessarily, but if you begin with the assumption that it is, the pro-life stance is entirely reasonable and even correct.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  16. blacknwhite

    Good for you Justin. I hope you stay true to what you believe and don't let Hollywood and its psychophant crowd make you think that their "voice" is what "everyone" is saying. It is not.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • R2

      What is a "psychophant crowd"? As a woman, I am so tired of males of any age, wth the exception of my OB/GYN, discussing or having any say whatsoever about my reproductive health.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Somesense

      Somewhat ironic that you don't want any male having a say in your reproductive health and yet you have absolutely no power to reproduce without the assistance of a male...strange request...

      February 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  17. Parrish Theodore

    MCArmstrong
    A majority of Biebers fans are young teen women, a demograph that is heavily pro-choice.

    They're teenage girls. They haven't formed an opinion yet. And neither has Bieber. Everyone get off it. THey're just kids. This whole thing is stupid.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  18. Kim

    Abortion is murder plain and simple.

    FACT: If a woman was pregnant and was murdered or kicked in the stomach and had a miscarriage, the offender would be charged with murder of the unborn child.
    Yet if a mother decides to have an abortion then that's perfectly fine. The result is the same but the consequences are not.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • elfkin

      sounds like you barely survived an abortion yourself!, do you still HAVE THE HANGER MARK ON YOUR FOREHEAD?

      February 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • denver

      Which is why women who miscarry ought to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • JT

      I would say "Amen" to that.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Hehe

      Yes. I've never understood that if the woman wants the baby, then its a child. If the woman does not want a child its a fetus. I don't like it either. The only thing that keeps me from siding with pro life is two things. 1) the image of women being held captive to term and then being tide down and forced to give birth to a child they don't want. 2) Our foster and adoption services are completely overcrowded with unwanted children as it is.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Cody

      Thats because an abortion is the womans choice where her being murdered or kicked in the stomach most likely is not. Women deserve the right to choose if they want to go through a potentially life threatening pregnancy, regardless of the situation.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • 4U

      ACTUALLY, IF IT WAS WITHIN THE TIME PERAMETER OF A LEGAL ABORTION, THE OFFENDER WOULD BE CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL ABORTION, NOT MURDER. MURDER IS ONLY IN PLACE IF THE FETUS WAS VIABLE.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Mike

      Could not agree with you more.......I also find it interesting that people are slamming him for speaking about abortion....don't ever hear them slamming a 13 year old girl who is getting an abortion by Planned Parenthood.....murder is murder.....when will people wake up and understand that. This country has killed more innocent "children" than Hitler and Stalin!!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • NA

      THANK YOU 4U. I was just about to post that, but you beat me to it!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • denver

      So, if we accept that:
      A) "life begins at conception"
      B) "all life is sacred"
      C) "all abortion is murder"

      Then we must:
      – charge women who miscarry with involuntary manslaughter unless they were doing something risky in which case it would be negligent homicide or murder
      – charge women who get an abortion to save their own lives with murder
      – recognize the sacredness of the life of an unborn child concieved through r4pe and force the victim to bear that child

      ....Does that sound good to anyone?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      If it was "plain and simple," there wouldn't be any debate.
      No doubt you understand your own view, but I'm not sure you really get the argument on the other side.
      Certainly, a human is human at any stage of development – species is a constant. However, in the earliest stages of development humans do not have a nervous system, nor a brain, nor any ability to think, feel, suffer, or have any sort of experience. They do not and cannot "experience" life, and in that sense are alive in the same sense that a plant is alive – less conscious, less sentient than an insect. It is quite common for zygotes or blastocysts around this stage to die naturally. Any ethical concerns with abortion at this stage stem from a feeling of kinship and obligation toward our own species – particularly toward what the baby will become – and not from any possibility of causing suffering, or anything like that.
      At later stages, of course, generally after the first trimester, the baby has considerably greater capacity for sentience, and it is my belief that it is too late to abort (except, as always, in the case of a life-threatening medical emergency).
      If a mother gets pregnant knowing she cannot support a child, I think it is her right, after careful consideration, to terminate the pregnancy before the child really begins to develop.

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

      Perfectly fine??? In the minds of man/woman in this word but not to God. Never does God sanction murdering one's offspring.

      Ephesians 2:2-3

      2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
      3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

      Proverbs 16:25

      25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  19. ShysMom

    He has no clue, what he is taling about....Just because he is an IDOL to the teens, does not give him the right to comment!!...Such a child!!!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Q

      Um he is a child.. Put in a bad spot, what 16yr old is taking about this issue. He was put in a bad spot.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Jason

      And what makes you so qualified to say he doesn't know what he is talking about? Just because he doesn't believe in abortion, it doesn't mean he is forcing someone else to conform to it.

      February 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • vk

      He does have a right to say how he feels. Everybody does. Is it right to give your opinion only if it is "politically correct?" No. Everyone should be able to say how they feel without being criticized. Everyone has an opinion, and they should be heard equally.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • denver

      So Bieber expressed his opinion. People saying his opinion is stupid are also expressing their opinions.

      Moaning about how people shouldn't criticize Bieber for expressing his opinions is rather ironic if your motivation is to stop the critics from expressing their own opinions, don't you think?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Mike

      He doesn't have a right to comment? He can say what ever the hell he wants! Just because you don't agree, doesn't meen he doesn't have a valid opinion.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • frank

      but if he had said the opposite...then you would be ok with it.
      smart kid this Bieber!!!!!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      ShysMom, and some chronologically older folks assume they are adults, by passing the maturing process to continue to act the child.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  20. Hehe

    He hasn't discovered that he's gay yet.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Robert

      You are so funny ! My friend said the other day the exact same words. . . lol

      February 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • mark

      how bad is it when this kid is quoted about his views on abortion? Please...enough of these coddled punks, they have no idea about what life is about.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Sandy

      when justine beiber delivers a child from his body then maybe he can tell women what he thinks of the abortion issue, until then just keep it among your friends and family. the courts decided this issue years ago and i find it appalling that men always have an isssue with how woman live their lives, whether it be abortion or how we dress or what we say.let us try to decide issues for men and then you'll really see a storm coming!

      February 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hehe, do you believe everyone buys into the brainwashing of today that it's cool to be gay?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • frank

      but evidently you have!
      he is young and he is absolutely right...very smart kid.
      there is no question abortion is for stupid, ignorant, liberals

      February 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • denver

      @HeavenSent
      I think most compassionate and rational people "buy into the brainwashing" that there is nothing wrong with gay people, yes.

      Have you "bought into the brainwashing" that a magical super being created the universe just for you? Whose brain has been more thoroughly washed here?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
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