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Pressure grows on Mormon choir over Trump inauguration


Thousands of people are backing a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir not to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The petition has accumulated more than 6,500 signatures since it was created Thursday.

“We, as signers of this petition, believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ [LDS] decision to allow the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to perform at the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump DOES NOT reflect the values of Mormonism and does not represent its diverse 15+ million members worldwide,” the petition states.

{mosads}“We also believe that an official LDS organization performing at a presidential inauguration gives the perception that the LDS Church and its diverse 15+ million members worldwide support an incoming president’s agenda, values and behaviors.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of a handful of publicly confirmed acts — including former “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho and the Rockettes — poised to perform at the 58th inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington.

The petition argues that the Church’s participation “would harm this spectacularly talented and beloved choir’s image, misrepresent the diversity of Mormons worldwide, and sends the wrong message to LDS children as they will perceive the Church’s participation as endorsement of a president whose words and actions do not align with our values.”

“As members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we strongly urge the Church to stop this practice and especially 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,” the petition’s creator, Randall Thacker, writes.

Another petition is pushing the executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company not to “force the Rockettes to perform” at the inauguration. 

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