One of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s female singers has resigned in wake of the choir’s decision to accept an invitation to sing at U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying that she “could never look [herself] in the mirror again with self-respect” if she sang on his behalf.
“Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” Jan Chamberlin wrote in her resignation letter to the choir group. “I’ve tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in choir for all the other good reasons. I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man.” She later posted the full resignation letter on her Facebook page.
A spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints refused to comment on Chamberlin’s status in the famed choir group, but emphasized that participation at the inauguration is voluntary for choir members and that their presence was “not an implied support of party affiliations or politics.”
Chamberlin, who said she had been with the choir for five years, felt differently. The choir’s presence at the inauguration, she wrote, would “severely damage” its “image and networking” and cause many “good people throughout this land … to feel betrayed.”
“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him,” she added.
More than 19,000 people, most of whom professed to be Mormons, have protested the choir’s involvement in the inauguration by signing a petition put forth by Randall Thacker, a lifetime Mormon who once served as president of Affirmation, a group for gay Mormons. Similar discord has surfaced among the famed Radio City Rockettes dance troupe, which is also slated to perform at the inauguration. Earlier this week, on dancer, identified only as “Mary,” spoke out about how the decision to perform at the event has affected her and some of her colleagues.
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