Why Didn’t Justin Bieber’s Mom Tell Him About Santa Claus?

Because she knew he would take the next logical step:

My mom always told me there wasn’t a Santa. This was her logic: She thought if I grew up knowing about Santa then finding out he wasn’t real, that it would be like she was lying to me. And then when she told me about God, I maybe wouldn’t believe her. So she just wanted to be straight-up and honest with me all the time. But I didn’t tell my friends or ruin it for anyone — I was a good kid!

Bieber is still a Christian. But, based on that soundbyte, it sounds like he at least acknowledges it could be a delusion, as much of a lie as Santa. It’s just a delusion he openly accepts.

(Thanks to Alessa for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://twitter.com/ThyGoddess Michelle

    I grew up fully knowing that the gifts came from my mother’s shopping… Since she sorta wanted the due thanks.

    She also didn’t push any other delusions on me. Like say… Baby Jesus. She wanted me to grow up grounded in reality. Christmas was about turkey and gifts. Still is today!

  • http://twitter.com/AtheistJohnny Johnny

    My four-year-old niece recently deduced that Santa was not real, and confronted her mother about it. Her mother praised her for this logical connection. About an hour later she returned to declare to her mother that if Santa wasn’t real, then Jesus must not be real either. This time her mother sat her down and had a talk with her about how real Jesus was. She is Christian, so this conversation was quite the opposite of the previous one; and I think probably quite confusing to her daughter.

    • Rich Wilson

      Don’t worry, your niece will sort it out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PWUAB6VWGQWUV4GQTMTPBBU33Q JessicaR

    I was more amused that this article appeared in Yahoo New’s headline lineup next to the announcement that North Korea’s “Dear Leader” had died. 

    Honestly after seeing Beiber had a line of nail polish and a girl’s perfume at Ulta, I figure he has bigger issues than whether or not there’s a Santa Claus.

    • Spencer

      And what would those issues be?

    • The Other Weirdo

      Wow! Do people really pay such close attention to him to notice nail polish and how he smells?

      • Anonymous

        If you shop at a mall where there is an Ulta or read magazines that have Ulta ads, you can’t miss his face being plastered everywhere announcing his line of products aimed at young girls.  I find it creepy myself.

        • The Other Weirdo

          Boy, I feel so old now. Time for a mid-life crisis, I think. What’s an Ulta?

  • Anonymous

    My mom always told me there was no Santa. I just didn’t believe her. I saw him at the mall. She tried to reason with my 4 year old mind that the fact he was at ALL the malls proved her point. I just told her that of course he could be at all the malls; he is magic. I blame religion. She did, after all, teach me to believe in a magical being, why not Santa?

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    I don’t know if I can speak for all atheists, but I’m happy to let the other side have Bieber. 

  • The Other Weirdo

    When I was little, Santa was a smelly old drunk who would stagger into the apartment to deliver chocolate cherries in alcohol to my parents, and nothing for kids(or, in our case, the kid). Of course, back then, the only delusion we were allowed was that the Motherland was the super bestest place to live on Earth, and nobody tried to pretend that Santa Claus was anything other than what he was: a smelly old drunk.

    Besides, does anybody really care what Bieber has to say any subject whatsoever?

  • The Other Weirdo

    When I was little, Santa was a smelly old drunk who would stagger into the apartment to deliver chocolate cherries in alcohol to my parents, and nothing for kids(or, in our case, the kid). Of course, back then, the only delusion we were allowed was that the Motherland was the super bestest place to live on Earth, and nobody tried to pretend that Santa Claus was anything other than what he was: a smelly old drunk.

    Besides, does anybody really care what Bieber has to say any subject whatsoever?

    • Tysters

      I would like to say that someday, sometime you atheist will need something other than yourselves to draw upon. Someday you will face death like all of us do. Maybe then you will wish that you had nurtured a relationship with your creator. The same creator who took on human form and walked among us ..to show us how to live.  You think  this wonderful and complex world just happened!  It had to be a master plan.  To make fun of someone for his religious beliefs (even if he is only 16) ..is cruel and unnessisary.  Just keep your comments to yourself and let people belive what they want.  We all walk this world alone really.  Why cause people greif!?

      • Rich Wilson

        Just keep your comments to yourself and let people belive what they want.

        Great!  So you’ll be asking the 85% of the US population that is religious to keep their comments to themselves too?  Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Beiber is displaying any nascent rationalism here. He’s just grateful that his mom didn’t lead him to think the baby Jesus wasn’t real.

  • Lord_Byron

    Let’s leave Beiber to the fundies. I was surprised though that his mom actually admitted that by finding out the truth about one delusion  he might challenge the other delusions.  

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Interesting strategy. Not squandering her credibility on petty, childish lies, so she’ll have plenty of credibility for the big lie. I wonder if it will make any difference.

  • Nora Hill

    Ha, my parents had the exact same reasoning! Of course I did eventually see through Jesus as surely as all children come to see through Santa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797402801 Stacy Nickels Fletcher

    All of my children’s christmas gifts came from Santa. I didn’t take the credit for any of them.

    They all know the truth now, and I have 3 little heathens. What more could a mother want?

  • Anonymous

    Mrs. Beiber’s reasoning is the EXACT reason why I WILL be teaching my kids the myth of Santa Claus! It’s a perfect exercise in skeptic thinking that conveniently happens to be the exact parallel mythology of the God tale.
    See:
    http://parentingbeyondbelief.com/blog/?p=4982

  • Ndonnan

    we too told our boys that the commircial santa was a myth but also told them about saint nicollous, and the whole idea of giving gifts.we also told them all about Gods gift to mankind of His son Jesus. they now have a clear understanding in their own right, and a personal relationship with God aswell. thats what christianaty is as opposed to religion which yoall find so annoying,press like if you agree :)

    • Tenleycherie

      Religion is defined as a spiritual belief, which is what you have; nothing more, nothing less. ;)

      • Ndonnan

        no ,religion means”to bind”as in together but usually means bound up,thats what religion does ties you up, Jesus came to set us free


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