President-elect Donald Trump continues to struggle to find performers for his January 20 inauguration. Most recently, a woman quit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in protest of the choir’s agreement to perform at the event.
Choir singer Jan Chamberlin wrote in her resignation letter, which was posted to Facebook on Thursday:
“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler… And I certainly could never sing for him.”
“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 …But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.”
Although performing at the inauguration was reportedly optional and any member could opt out, Chamberlin felt strongly that it was not in line with her morals. However, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has yet to comment on her resignation.
In a statement, the church recently admitted, that many members are disappointed that the choir will perform for Mr. Trump:
Response to the choir’s appearance “has been mixed, with people expressing both opposition and support,” [church spokesman Eric] Hawkins said last week in a prepared statement.
The choir’s long tradition of performing for presidents “is not an implied support of party affiliations or politics,” he said. “It is a demonstration of our support for freedom, civility and the peaceful transition of power.”