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Mormon Tabernacle Singer Quits Before Inauguration Performance: I Can’t ‘Throw Roses to Hitler’

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-7-59-22-amThe incoming administration of Donald Trump may be thrilled to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing next month at the presidential inauguration, but that ensemble of singers just got one person smaller.

Jan Chamberlin, a longtime singer in the choir, has resigned altogether instead of showing up to perform at the January 20th inauguration in Washington. In her resignation letter to the the choir president and other choir members, Chamberlin wrote, “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.”

Her letter continues, “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.”

However, Chamberlin could not go through with the performance.

She later wrote “I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect,” if she went through with the event just weeks away, continuing, “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”

Eric Hawkins, a church spokesman, clarified in a follow-up statement, “Participation in the choir, including the performance at the Inauguration, is voluntary. Only a limited number of choir members are participating (the number is limited by the inaugural committee), and none are required to participate.” About 215 of the 350 person choir are expected to make the trip to DC for the inauguration next month.

Chamberlin continued her sentiments on her Facebook page, writing:

History is repeating itself; the same tactics are being used by Hitler (identify a problem, finding a scapegoat target to blame, and stirring up people with a combination of fanaticism, false promises, and fear, and gathering the funding). I plead with everyone to go back and read the books we all know on these topics and review the films produced to help us learn from these gargantuan crimes so that we will not allow them to be repeated. Evil people prosper when good people stand by and do nothing.

She wrote it is a “HUGELY moral issue.”

[h/t Salt Lake Tribune]

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