The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be performing with one less member at the inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump. Jan Chamberlin quit the choir this week after sending a resignation letter to her boss, citing that she “could never look (herself) in the mirror again with self-respect” had she performed for Trump and that it was a “hugely moral issue.”
Chamberlin writes the following in her letter:
“Since the announcement, I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul. 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. I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
However, Chamberlin’s reactionary resignation may have been all for nothing. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a church spokesperson for the choir claims that participation in the performance at the inauguration is voluntary. He also states only a limited number of members could have participated in the inauguration performance anyway.
Chamberlin also posted a Facebook status regarding her resignation that includes her entire letter:
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