A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is quitting the group to avoid performing at President-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration, calling it a “hugely moral issue.”
Jan Chamberlin this week sent a resignation letter to the choir president, saying she “could never look [herself] in the mirror again with self-respect” had she performed for Trump.
“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 added.
“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
Chamberlin added to her letter in a Facebook post, 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.”
A church spokesman told The Salt Lake Tribune that participation in the choir and the performance at the inauguration was voluntary and that only a limited number of members could have participated at the event.