By Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
After the choir accepted the invitation to perform in the inauguration, the choir received both positive and negative feedback. By Thursday nearly 20,000 signed the petition hoping the church to reconsider sending the choir for the inauguration. And yesterday The Salt Lake Tribune released another sign of opposition after a choir member resigned saying she could never look herself in the mirror again if she performed for Trump.
Choir member, Jan Chamberlin, sings for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced her resignation on Facebook Thursday.
"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," she wrote.
"The choir's participation in the inauguration would "severely damage" its "image and networking," she continued. Adding to that statement she said 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."
Sister Chamberlin has been a member of the choir for 5 years. Church spokesman, Eric Hawkins tells The Salt Lake Tribune that "Participation in the choir, including the performance at the Inauguration, is voluntary," he said in a statement Thursday. "Only a limited number of choir members are participating (the number is limited by the inaugural committee), and none are required to participate."
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