Some have questioned what Rolling Stone magazine was thinking when they recently asked pop singer Justin Bieber to share his thoughts about abortion. Many people have been angered or confused by his comments leading some to suggest that he should have kept his thoughts to himself. In my latest column at Patheos.com I touch on the intersection between this story and that of another teen boy who recently got in hot water for sharing his religious convictions:
I try to answer these questions and argue for a healthier attitude toward youth in the church in the rest of the essay which you can read here. I welcome your thoughts and reflections.Two teenagers stepped into the public fray in the past few weeks and were slapped down for expressing their religious and ethical convictions. One, pop idol Justin Bieber, dared to state his views on abortion. The other, high school wrestler Joel Northup, forfeited a sporting event rather than betray his religious beliefs. Both of these young men have been the object of scorn across the internet. All this raises the question: Should it matter what teens think about important issues related to faith and ethics? Are teens old enough to have a real opinion on such topics? Does it really matter what they think?