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Mormons Petition To Stop Tabernacle Choir From Singing At Trump’s Inauguration

10:37 pm - 12/29/2016
A Mormon who said his “heart sank” when he heard that the church’s beloved Tabernacle Choir will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration has launched a petition to urge the group not to go to Washington, D.C.

“I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The thought of this choir and Mormonism being forever associated with a man who disparages minorities, brags about his sexual control of women, encourages intolerance and traffics in hate speech and bullying, was unacceptable,” Randall Thacker said in a statement. “I immediately knew there were probably thousands of people who felt the same way, so I created the space on Change.org for like-minded Mormons and their friends to share their feelings.”

About 215 of the choir’s 360 members are expected to perform at the inauguration, church officials have told The Salt Lake City Tribune.

By Thursday evening, nearly 19,000 people had signed the petition, which is seeking 25,000 signatures. The petition urges the Mormon Tabernacle Choir not to perform for an “incoming president who has demonstrated sexist, racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic behavior that does not align with the principles and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Most of the signatures are from LDS members around the world, according to Thacker, a lifelong member of the church.

The petition also encourages people to call and write the church to give their reasons for signing. Several mention that Trump’s values are incompatible with Mormonism or that the church should never become associated with politics. One quips: Conservative rocker “Ted Nugent and the choir? I don’t think so!” Another writes: “Horrible values. Separation of church and state. Pay your taxes.”

Gina Colvin, an LDS scholar and Maori writer in New Zealand, told the Tribune that the choir’s planned participation in the inauguration “speaks to me of how little moral care the church has for the international cultural and political diversity of our church.”

Thacker and other supporters plan to personally deliver the petition to the choir and church officials in the coming week, reports the Utah Standard-Examiner.

There was no immediate comment from Trump.

The president-elect’s team has struggled to find performers for his inauguration. The Rockettes will appear, though performers are upset, according to one dancer. “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue ... this is an issue of racism and sexism, something that’s much bigger than politics,” she said in an interview.

Source: HuffPost

On the one hand, I find it highly amusing that performing at the Orange One's inauguration is turning out to be about as popular as cuddling with up with a rattlesnake, and even those who are willing to cuddle are getting pressure from others who don't want them to. But otoh, how utterly and completely fucked up is that this asshole is going to be potus when so many Americans obviously find him utterly vile and contemptible and deeply resent having him crammed down our throats? What a mess.

Mods, what would you think of adding "not my president" as a tag? I think there are going to be more and more things like this happening as time goes on, and we would be able to make good use of it. Just a thought.
shortsweetcynic 30th-Dec-2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
okay, this is making me laugh. i will take my schadenfreude wherever i can get it, because the rest of the time i'm reading news stories and thinking "my nine-year-old nephew could speak more coherently and think more carefully than this fucker."

ugh. dreading january. i can't believe this is actually happening. (which has pretty much been the single thought on repeat since election night.)
evildevil 30th-Dec-2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
There is nothing funny having a 9 year old having access to the nuclear codes.
moonshaz 30th-Dec-2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
No shit!
yamamanama 30th-Dec-2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe Lady Pills will perform.
moonshaz 31st-Dec-2016 02:12 am (UTC)
yamamanama 31st-Dec-2016 03:40 am (UTC)

It would be just like when Mr. Burns has the Ramones play at his birthday. "Mike Pence, have Girl Talk killed."

Edited at 2016-12-31 03:42 am (UTC)
moonshaz 30th-Dec-2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, good for her! Thanks for sharing this.

I wonder if more choir members will follow her example now. Sometimes it just takes one person taking a stand to get a particular ball rolling, so you never know. I'll be watching this story with great interest.

I definitely agree with what she said about how performing for Trump could "severely damage" the "image and networking" of the LDS Church. I know that's something they take seriously, so perhaps the higher ups will realize how bad of an idea this is in time for the choir to back out of this commitment.
mhfromnh 30th-Dec-2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
"I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."

rock on Jan. rock on.
sinsterminister 30th-Dec-2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
Not surprising. The Mormon church isn't a big fan of philanderers, and Clinton actually won the Salt Lake City metro area by a massive margin.

I don't know the exact details, but Romney trying to get into Trump's cabinet had probably as much to do with saving us from World War III as trying to further his career.
shanrina 30th-Dec-2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I don't like Romney, but as far as Republicans go, he'd probably have been one of the less awful cabinet members we could have had. Too bad it didn't work out. TBH, if I were in his position, I'd do a lot of crow-eating and groveling just to get the job for the express purpose of trying to minimize the damage.
angi_is_altered 30th-Dec-2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
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mhfromnh 30th-Dec-2016 11:19 pm (UTC)
Jan 20.
moonshaz 31st-Dec-2016 02:40 am (UTC)
Jan. 20. It's going to be horrible, all right!

And the very next day, this is happening (click on the pic for info):

A number of people in this comm are going, of which I am one. :-)

Edited at 2016-12-31 02:40 am (UTC)
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