Jan Chamberlain, a member of the damed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, has decided to quit the choir after learning that the choir will be singing at Donald Trump's inauguration. She would rather leave the choir than sing at the upcoming president's inauguration on January 20th.
"Looking from the outside in, it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and facism [sic] by singing for this man," Jan Chamberlin, a five-year veteran of the choir, wrote to choir president Ron Jarrett in an email she also shared on Facebook, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports.
"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."
Chamberlin also cited other historical reasons that caused her to resign from the choir out of protest. "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)," she wrote. "I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."
Chamberlin added, "Tyranny is now on our doorstep; it has been sneaking its way into our lives through stealth. Now it will burst into our homes through storm. I hope that we and many others will work together with greater diligence and awareness to calmly and bravely work together to defend our freedoms and our rights for our families, our friends, and our fellow citizens. I hope we can throw off the labels and really listen to each other with respect, love, compassion, and a true desire to bring our energies and souls together in solving the difficult problems that lie in our wake."