justin bieber rolling stone 300x225 Wherein I [Sort Of] Defend Justin BieberJustin Bieber has come under fire…

Guys.  That first line should never happen in an article, anywhere.  But if I must do this…

Justin Bieber has come under fire for saying stupid things about abortion and homosexuality:

Fresh from winning a Brit award, teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber has suggested that homosexuality is a choice and that abortion is wrong even when pregnancy is caused by rape.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he appeared to label homosexuality as a choice rather than something that is uncontrollable.

He also spoke out against abortion even when pregnancy is caused by rape, saying “everything happens for a reason.”

When asked what his views on homosexuality are, Bieber responded: “It’s everyone’s own decision to do that. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else.”

It is not clear whether he intended to label homosexuality as a lifestyle choice.

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“I really don’t believe in abortion,” he told the magazine “I think [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby.”

He added that while it is “really sad” for a woman to become pregnant after being raped, he claimed that “everything happens for a reason.”

“I don’t know how that would be a reason,” he added. “I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

He “hasn’t been in that position.” He hasn’t been in any of these positions, yet. The child is sixteen, and while I cannot believe that it has become necessary for me to say “Leave the Biebs alone!”, mostly because I could not identify one of his songs if there was a gun to my head, people need to cool it.  You know who else was a moron about abortion and homosexuality when he was sixteen?  I WAS.

Hopefully this can be used as a teachable moment and a grown-up close to him can teach him why his stated positions on these issues are puerile, especially when held by adults, but Justin Bieber is puerile.  Because he’s sixteen.

Jeez.