Mormon Tabernacle Choir Member Resigns Over Inauguration Performance
— Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) December 30, 2016
The list of performers slated to appear at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration Jan. 20 just decreased by one.
A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is scheduled to perform at the event, announced her resignation from the group just weeks before the inauguration.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Jan Chamberlin said she is leaving the group after five years.
In the open letter, Chamberlin writes:
"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."
"Tyranny is now on our doorstep; it has been sneaking its way into our lives through stealth. Now it will burst into our homes through storm. I hope that we and many others will work together with greater dilligence [sic] and awareness to calmly and bravely work together to defend our freedoms and our rights for our families, our friends, and our fellow citizens."
"I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."
Though Chamberlin never specifically mentions the name "Donald Trump" in the letter, it is safe to assume this is a protest against the election of Trump as president.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said participation by members of the choir at the inauguration is "voluntary," as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune. However, Chamberlin chose to leave the group in full rather than just skip the inauguration.
The resignation comes days after a member of the New York City Rockettes, also slated to perform at the inauguration, voiced her displeasure for having to dance in front of Trump.