Mormon Choir Singer Resigns Rather Than Perform For Donald Trump: “I Could Never Throw Roses To Hitler”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decision’s reversal. Now the choir’s participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer.

“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,” Jan Chamberlin wrote in a resignation letter to the choir president and choir members. “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.”

But she could not do it, Chamberlin said in the letter, she later posted on Facebook. “I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect.” The choir’s participation in the inauguration would “severely damage” its “image and networking,” she said, adding that many “good people throughout this land and throughout the world already do and will continue to feel betrayed. … I know that I too feel betrayed.” For the singer, it is a moral issue, she wrote. “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”

Chamberlin’s full letter is viewable on her Facebook page. The choir has 360 members and about 200 are expected to volunteer to perform for Trump.

  • Oikos

    The more that quit, the angrier Cheetolini will get. How long before he attacks her on twitter? 3….2…….1

    • CanuckDon

      He’ll have to form a team to do a talent search….like Rose and Blanche did to save the lighthouse.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      ” She wouldn’t make the cut anyway. We only have 10’s perform!
      Well, maybe a few 9’s, but the best 9’s !! “

    • Buford

      ‘Cheetolini’… I like, but ‘Twitler’ is also good.

      • Oikos

        That’s a good one!

      • sisterfalconer

        don’t forget “Agent Orange” 🙂

        • William

          My cousin had a Barbie doll with that name. It wore a trench coat.

      • John

        How about ‘mango maniac’? (or moron)

  • Michael R

    Inauguration of Trump = Throw roses to Hitler 2017

    • Uncle Mark

      Isn’t that why the alt_right/nazis are creaming their panties over Trump? (As well as getting into little bitch-fights over their little paramilitary pajama party/sleep-over in Jan)

      • Michael R

        … and they still have to deal with Jew loving side of Trump that they hate ,
        because Trump doesn’t care about anyone but himself just like they do .

    • LaChatSayWha

      I thought that was very well-phrased. And I respect her refusal. It can’t be easy to expose oneself to the hatred and harassment of the trumpanzees.

  • Rex

    Keep your self respect, and you have mine as well.

    • Gigi

      She’s a Mormon so there’s not a lot of self-respect there, but I applaud her courage to take a stand. Imagine the Trumpertantrum if they all beck out. Delicious!

      • Rex

        They won’t back out. There’s plenty of Trump supporters in the Mormon camp. I just respect her decision not to perform for Twitler.

        • Rolf

          “Twitler”
          Brilliant.

        • clay

          Trump got 45.1% of Utah votes. Wouldn’t it be cool if he got only 162 of the 360 choir members? Or would that only feed into the alt-media’s inability to count?

      • olandp

        I’m sure it is a typo, but “beck out” is great. Kind of like how Glenn Beck is singing a different tune now.

        • Gigi

          It was. Edited.

          • olandp

            I was hoping you would keep it.

          • Gigi

            I hate typos!

          • Baltimatt

            Then there’s the “Your invited” on the invitation.

          • IamM

            Might be deliberate.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Oikos

      lol

    • Ernest Endevor

      I love the ‘Your’.

      • Butch

        I wuz going to mention that but sometimes I get accused (probably correctly) of being the grammar police, so I was skeered to.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Should be Yer.

        • TJay229

          😂😂

        • cleos_mom

          But “Inaugguration” would be a more realistic spelling.

          • bzrd

            “your enwhited to the inaugguration”

          • JCF

            Inaugmentation.

    • Todd20036

      Honestly, I don’t think Hung would want to perform there, but I see the joke.

      • Kruhn

        How about the “It’s Friday” girl?

    • BillPost

      Does that say schedule permitting Marie Osmond on the bottom?

      • NIFP

        *Schedule permitting: possibly Marie Osmond. I love the possibly!

      • Acronym Jim

        I don’t think Marie needs anybody’s permission if she wants to bottom.

        • Menergy

          boom tish!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      “Performances by … Karaoke!” made coffee come out of my nose.

    • ColoMtnWoman

      I’d like to think that “YOUR” was misspelled on purpose… (YOU’RE), since the Doofus can’t spell “unpresidented”… But I DO like Karaoke.

      • (((GC)))

        “Unpresidented” is such an apt eggcorn for the unprecedented things tRump has said and done!

    • ericxdc

      Im bigly excited. Its gonna be unpresidented!!!!

    • EqualityForAll

      That poster had me convinced that it was real, right up until I took a better look at the bikini chick. Her tits are way too small; therefore, Trumpf would never have approved of the model or the poster.

  • Gigi

    O/T: I just learned that Ricky Martin performed at GWB’s first inauguration. WTF?!?!

    • olandp

      That was back when he was “straight” also the last time that I listened to any of his music.

    • Chucktech

      George W. Bush, it’s shocks me to say, is no Donald Trump.

      • Gigi

        True, but he did court the religious right.

        • Chucktech

          And promptly told them to fuck off after the election (in 2004, at least).

          • William

            W ran his 2004 campaign on banning gay marriage.

          • cleos_mom

            No risk in doing that. In every election cycle, the Religious Right falls on its butt and reassures itself that Lucy will leave that football where it is the next time.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Now just get the rest to resign.

  • Mark

    Surely a couple garage bands out of Tennessee or Alabama could fill in…..

    • CanuckDon

      Bring out the court jesters.

  • Cousin Bleh

    It’s always interesting to see what people’s breaking points are. Her church has a long, well-documented history of abuse of women, discrimination against POC, excommunication of LGBT family members… she was ok with all of that, but this is when she finally draws the line.

    I mean, kudos to her, but really, WTF took you so long?

    • Buford

      Perfectly said.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Yeah, he said that goodly

        • Buford

          Agree. Good is how it was said.

        • cleos_mom

          Certes he did.

    • pluky

      The first step is the biggest. The LDS church (like most others) provides a lot of support and sense of identity. Not everyone has it in them to “walk away from Omelas.”

      • Craig Howell

        Who/what/where is Omelas?

        • Cousin Bleh

          It’s in Oregon.

          • pluky

            yes. she got the name of town by reversing Salem, O.

        • pluky

          Amazing short story by UK Leguin. Won’t spoil it for you, but read it if you can find.

        • Duh-David

          http://engl210-deykute.wikispaces.umb.edu/file/view/omelas.pdf

          I never liked it, but it is a recognized classic.

          • Craig Howell

            Thanks for sharing that rich, disturbing story.

      • Cousin Bleh

        I get what you’re saying. And yet, I still can’t help but believe that even the lowliest thinking person still has the capacity to recognize that enslaving women eclipses the Friday night church social.

        Also, for the record, she’s not actually leaving the church. Just the choir.

        • pluky

          i’m afraid she’s about to find out how little tolerance for even the smallest dissent there is in a institution as hierarchical and authoritarian as the LDS.

    • Rambie

      I still applaud her for finally reaching her breaking point. Not to defend her, but her church has a well documented history of using coercion, peer pressure, threats, and other tactics to keep their “members” in line.

      • OdieDenCO

        true, getting out of a cult is much like having a baby. It’s a lot of fun getting in but hell getting out.

      • Gustav2

        And don’t forget the high use of prescription drugs in the Mormon female population.

        • Rambie

          Not just with the females.

      • The Return of Traxley

        This. I’m always hopeful whenever even just one individual finally gathers their courage and seeks to change themself for the better. I’ll welcome that. I think that wanting to redeem oneself, sincerely seeking forgiveness, and genuinely trying to make amends for past wrongs is always a good thing.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      True, but I’ll take it because this is the kind of public embarrassment that the church hates. And richly deserves.

    • Cerberus

      That’s a thing about bigots, what finally breaks through all the propaganda and lies and gets them to look at things honestly can often be relatively small, but it’s just one more piece at the doubt until it gets too much.

      In many ways it’s like pain and suicidal ideation. The thing that can finally make someone feel hopeless and in the grips of suicidal ideation can be relatively small, but it’s just the last piece of pain that was too much for the coping strategies they had.

      I suspect we’re going to see bigots leaking back out of nazism as little things break through the hellish route they are on. And hopefully we can get them to break all the way from it instead of deciding their bigotry would be just fine except for the one or two things that were a line too far.

    • perversatile

      In situations both good and bad, it comes down to,
      “you can see my face while I’m doing this thing”.

  • AtticusP

    It would be so nice if they trotted out the choir and, when the music started, every single one of them refused to sing.

    And then, if the Rockettes would just stand there and do nothing, imagine the reaction from Trump and his cult followers.

    Yeah, I know. But I can dream, can’t I?

    • Chucktech

      What a beautiful dream, filled with karma and just deserts!

      • Rambie

        Plus, karma and just deserts is calorie free too!

    • Uncle Mark

      Or they could sing & dance to “Springtime for Hitler”

    • LaChatSayWha

      Or the Rockettes could turn their backs to the audience, flip up their skirts, and display their panties reading alternately “pussy grabs back” and “not my president.” Or maybe “not my percent”.

      • Scott

        Would it be too aggressive if they were to perform but refuse to wear their feminine hygiene products?

    • perversatile
      • AtticusP

        I never knew that Rudy Giuliani was a twin!

  • Butch

    I wonder how many christians who like to shriek about sincerely held convictions will come to her defense.

    • yea….wait for that…

      • Butch

        I think you better find something to occupy yourself while you wait. It’ll prob’ly be a while.

    • Mark Neé Fuzz

      She will be condemned as an apostate.

    • Buford

      My money is on the loving, forgiving, non-judgmental nature of Christians (by definition) to instead result in calls for her to burn in Hell.

  • Snarkaholic

    Re: The willingness of the M.T. choir to perform in the first place: Do you guys think it’s more about seeking personal gain or more about trying to avoid being demonized/persecuted/executed as “The Other” by Trump’s hateful cabinet members?

    • clay

      “Any press is good press.”
      Their demographic isn’t exactly growing.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Speaking of Mormons, I wonder why the Osmond Brothers aren’t on the program. Don’t they lean pretty far to the right?

    • Mark

      Marie has a daughter who’s lesbian. She, at least, is more centrist, and open minded.

  • GayOldLady

    “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”

    This is exactly how I feel about the people who voted for tRump, I will throw them no roses. They voted for a Hitleresque character and I will give them no quarter, no excuse, no refuge. How they can go on about their lives even as they selected a man whose stated purpose is to destroy the lives of people he considers to be “the other” is beyond me.

    The Bastard is going to Kill us All.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Yup. The mercifully few Trump voters who were in my life are there no longer. Good riddance to bad trash.

      • GayOldLady

        Exactly.

    • John

      “The Bastard is going to Kill us All” I truly hope it doesn’t come to that…but with that in mind, may I suggest Nevil Shute’s “On The Beach” — watch the prescient movie or read the book.
      With the proposed increase in nuclear weapons…well…with a nod to Tom Lehrer, “Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” Then there’s this “uplifting” song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIoBrob3bjI (I’m a big fan of Lehrer’s and have been for – gulp – decades!)

      • GayOldLady

        I watched “On the Beach” when it was first released in the late 50’s. Recently I had the opportunity to watch it again on TCM. It had the same effect on me it did nearly 60 years ago.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    “You get an audit!, You get an audit! EVERYONE GETS AN AUDIT!” The Presidential Inauguration brought to you by Cheetos and Pussy’s Vaginal Cream.

  • TheManicMechanic

    She’s gonna be stripped of her sacred underwear and become the sister wife that cleans out toilets and changes diapers.

  • Cackalaquiano

    I’ve said it before: these Evangelicals who see themselves as society’s moral compass while jumping on the TRUMP Train no longer have a righteous leg to stand on.

    • clay

      (and they’re not the congregations reporting doubling of attendance over the previous year since the middle of November)

      • Cackalaquiano

        I hope you’re right about that.

    • Silver Badger

      They never did. Evangelicals forget how Christ felt about stone casting and wouldn’t walk the second mile unless you paid them,

      • clay

        Too many of them sold their souls in 1976– they don’t remember when they weren’t being steered as an arm of the GOP.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Right. And my bigger point is they’ve given us perfect ammunition to throw back at them when they demean our godless “lifestyles.” Can I get an amen?

        • canoebum

          Your comment presupposes they have intact thought processes that would be affected when informed of their hypocrisy. I rather doubt that. Evangelicals have a remarkable gift of hearing only what agrees with their own prejudices.

  • Treant

    So 200 of 360 (55.6%) can be relied upon to gleefully throw roses at Hitler. Many more probably would but can’t go that day.

    1 of 360 (<0.28%) resigned rather than do that.

    It's not a good average and doesn't speak well for Mormons or for humans in general.

    • The Return of Traxley

      But her letter might cause some of those on the edge choose to come over to her size. There’s that…

      • Treant

        True, but I won’t hold my breath. You probably get an extra moon for your planet or something if you’re on the choir.

  • joe ho

    And Trump got 60% of the Catholic vote.

    More evidence against claims for religion’s supposed moral authority.

  • cleos_mom

    Better run a shower if you intend to read the comments to that article.

  • Jack

    That’s a big step for her.

  • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

    Well, there goes her temple recommend.

  • MikeInLAS

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    • canoebum

      The Secret Service would love that gig. They’d be fighting to get assigned. I wouldn’t put it past Der Herr to try and get in to see it on the down low.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      A lookalike? You sure?

    • Are we sure it’s just a lookalike?

      • cleos_mom

        The tell would be if the performer doesn’t maintain a peevish-looking squint the entire time she’s on the stage.

  • Dot Beech

    I commend her for her principled stand. Organized religion demands obeisance and gives cover and group approval when obeisance is given. When it is not given, things can quickly get ugly for the disobedient congregant. That’s why I don’t much like organized religion.

    But sometimes it can encourage a person to think for herself and act in a principled way. Ms. Chamberlin’s principled decision will no doubt cause her to receive both applause and a lot of grief. It can’t have been an easy decision, but in so doing, she has earned the respect of decent people the world over. I am sure I would disagree with her on any number of things, but I respect her strength and conviction.

  • MBear

    *yawn*

    yet you have no problem being part of a community that oppresses LGBT & others.

    Sugar, you *are* just as bad, so…*yawn*…//

    • Tiger Quinn

      She’s doing the right thing.

      • MBear

        Too little, too late in my opinion.
        Your mileage may vary

  • Mike

    Woman of the year.

    • edrex

      i’m sure The Advocate is on it.

  • Who knew her Prince Charming would be none other than The
    Orange Fascist™?

    She is awake and thinking for herself, how much longer will it be, before she starts examining LDS doctrine on
    LGBT members?

  • Tiger Quinn

    Oh my god, an ACTUAL religious person of faith. Well done, ma’am. And doubleplusgood for the “throw roses to Hitler” statement. Hee hee.

  • TK

    I’m no fan of the LDS church but I admire this woman’s resolve and decision to resign. I’m hoping the church petitioners will convince the choir not to perform for Hair Fuhrer. Ted Nutgent however does belong there with all the other right-wing whackos. Will guns be allowed?? Open carry?

  • FAEN

    But didn’t the majority of Mormons vote for Trump proving once again how morally bankrupt they are?

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    A preview of things to come for those who speak out. Drumpf won’t be the first bitchy, spiteful, vicious White House occupant.
    http://after68.com/1968-eartha-kitt-and-the-vietnam-war-controversy/

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Wow, I didn’t know Lady Bird was such a vindictive bitch. If she didn’t want to talk to a black woman about a serious issue then she shouldn’t have invited Eartha for the express purpose of talking about the war.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Wonder if the hatchet job on Miss Kitt was Ladybird ‘s idea or LBJ’s. Dissent was a threat to his war and his Presidency.

  • Michael Hampton

    I wanna buy her a coffee and a cruller and have a nice chat.

    • edrex

      minus the coffee.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Ha! Good point!

  • Gerry Fisher

    Luv huhr!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    It’s nice to know, that even amongst the vile, there is one who will stand apart out of real conviction. A rare and delicate thing, one that will probably pay a heavy price.

  • Ore Carmi

    Brave woman!

  • SDG

    YOU GO GYRRLLLL!!!

  • Lars Littlefield

    This person is very brave. You have no idea. Very brave.

  • Richard

    Bravo!

  • JCF
  • paulmsmith

    I fully understand why many are unable to celebrate Trump’s election. I could not in good faith sing praises to his victory. It would go against everything I hold sacred.