As Mormons become divided over the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of an invitation to sing at Donald Trump‘s inaugural celebration, a member of the choir has resigned rather than perform, saying that she would be endorsing “tyranny” by participating.
According to Salt Lake Tribune, Janet Chamberlain chose to resign after “several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony” praying over her decision.
“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,” Chamberlin wrote in her resignation letter, which she later shared on Facebook.
“I have highly valued the mission of the Choir to be good-will ambassadors for Christ, to share beautiful music and to give hope, inspiration, and comfort to others,” she continued. “I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be alright and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man. 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.”
According to Chamberlin, the choir has disgraced itself by agreeing to perform for Trump.
“And [the Choir’s] wonderful image and networking will be severely damaged and that many good people throughout this land and throughout the world already do and will continue to feel betrayed. I believe hereafter our message will not be believed by many that have loved us and adored what we have stood for.
I know that I too feel betrayed.”
“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler,’” Chamberlin wrote. “And I certainly could never sing for him.”
Chamberlin says she’s received hateful messages since announcing her decision. So far, her Facebook post has been shared over 2,000 times.
You can read her entire post embedded below: