One more joins list of singers who won't perform at Trump inauguration

"I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony", Chamberlin wrote in a letter she also posted on Facebook.

Chamberlin, who has been with the choir for five years, said the group's participation in the inauguration would "severely damage" its "image and networking", and that singing for Trump would go against her morals. "We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president".

"Donald Trump does not represent my values as a Mormon and I do not want that assumed by the participation of a cherished Mormon institution in his inauguration", another from Fayetteville, Arkansas, said.

Only about 215 of the choir's 360 members anticipate participating in the inauguration performance, church officials have told The Salt Lake City Tribune. The debate over the performance underscored long-standing tensions between Trump, the Mormon community and Mormon Republican leaders.

"Response to the announcement has been mixed, with people expressing both opposition and support", Hawkins said in the email.

Shortly after it was announced that the choir would perform at Mr. Trump's inauguration, Randall Thacker, a lifetime Mormon, launched a petition calling on the choir to cancel its appearance. "And previously unpatriotic, unfaithful to God and faith, and not a good hard working Choir member".

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the choir, would not comment on Chamberlin's decision.

Former independent conservative presidential hopeful Evan McMullin, a Mormon and former intelligence officer, emerged as one of the strongest critics of Trump after the election.

Mormons opposed Trump's candidacy for president more than any other traditionally conservative religious groups.

Some had predicted that low support for Trump among Mormons could lead for a possible win for third-party candidate Evan McMullin in Utah.

A petition started by a lifelong Mormon and calling on the choir to skip the inauguration has drawn almost 20,000 signatures.

However, the President-elect easily won the state and exit polls showed him winning 61 percent of the Mormon vote nationally. Jackie Evancho, who was a contestant on "America's Got Talent", is slated to perform, as are the Radio City Rockettes and possibly the Beach Boys, according to recent reports.

Last week, it was reported that the Rockettes would be performing at the inauguration; it was further reported that some so-called "full-time" dancers were being forced to dance against their will.

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