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February 16, 2011

Rape, Abortion & Justin Bieber – Shame on you Rolling Stone

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I have been in love with Justin Bieber for a week.  I listen to his music, went to see his movie, and have decided he is a great role model, and his mother is a hero for raising him to be a good kid, with a good work ethic, and a connection to his faith.  After my week long infatuation, I am sad to report that today Justin and I almost broke up.

I love Justin Bieber and when I posted on my Facebook page that I was breaking up with him because of his Rolling Stone interview, I was accused of going on a witch hunt and building him up, only to bring him down.  I was told he is just a kid and I need to let it go.  Let me think about it for a second…. nope.  Not going to happen.  I’m not letting this one go.

In his Rolling Stone interview, Justin says he does not believe in abortion.  When asked about abortion after a rape, Bieber said, “Well, 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.”  It was a bad answer to an even worse question.

First, let me say that Rolling Stone contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis is out of line.  She’s got huge balls to ask a 16 year old kid what his opinion of abortion is, and if that opinion changes if rape is involved.  This is a pop star not a politician, and she should be ashamed of herself for asking such a stupid question.  There was no way he could answer correctly.

Was there nobody with him at this interview, listening to these questions, and telling Vanessa to stop with this line of questioning?  Why was he not protected?  I think it’s sad that the questions were asked and even sadder that he was allowed to answer.  Rolling Stone at 16 is awesome, but was it worth it to have this be what everyone is talking about?

He was going to piss someone off and that’s not fair.  He’s a kid, he is darling, and he is talented, but he answered a question that he never should have, and that never should have been asked in the first place.  I think Rolling Stone owes this kid and his family an apology.  I love you Justin and I don’t want to break up with you, so let’s clarify a couple of things.

Here is what you need to know my darling:  we don’t care about your opinion on abortion.  Don’t take it personally because unless you’ve got a uterus, it does not matter who you are, we don’t care.  You are entitled to your opinion, and you should follow your faith, but you should never share you opinion on such a touchy subject, on such a big scale.

Now, I too believe that things happen for a reason and I assume that when you said that in terms of a rape, you were trying to lean on your faith in that God would not allow something to happen that you could not handle, or something along those lines.  Let me tell you my sweet boy that you are simply wrong on this one and I will happily explain why.

Rape does not happen for a reason, and God does not allow these things to happen because there is a reason for it. Rape and God have nothing to do with each other.  My family has been touched by rape and it did not happen for a reason.  God helped us heal, and he wept with sorrow, but there was no reason for it to happen and you need to know that.

You are a kid and you don’t need to have an opinion on these things right now.  That said, you are also a man and you should know that rape is violent and you need to be supportive of women, and understand that not wanting to have a baby that was conceived during a vicious attack is a special set of circumstance that I pray will never touch your family.

I love you Justin Bieber.  You are in an impossible position and there is certainly a witch hunt to cut you down.  I don’t want to judge you for a mistake that a reporter made, I just want you to understand what you said.  An apology would be nice.  It’s not required of course, but it would be nice, and the right thing to do.  You know that because you are a good kid.

I hope this one statement does not define you. You made a mistake but it was not your fault so don’t stress out, say you are sorry, and move on.  Keep your opinions on hot topic issues to yourself, and focus on being a super star.  I forgive you for your misstep and am not breaking up with you today.  You are wonderful, I am hopeful, and together we will keep the faith.

If you are a victim of rape, please call RAINN/Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network at 1.800.656.HOPE.  1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org for more information.

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