Donald Trump, Hitler, singing and religion

This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet The Con Artist Leading Trump’s Inauguration Prayer

29 December 2016

Trump’s Inauguration guest list has some pretty interesting characters on it including a shady televangelist who has been investigated by the IRS and Senate. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss Paula White, the TV preacher leading Trump’s Inauguration prayer. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“In 2007, TV preacher Paula White got investigated by the U.S. Senate for her shady fundraising practices.

Ten years later, she will pray at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Yes, really.

White is a televangelist with a huge audience and a knack for stirring controversy. She’s been a Trump booster for years, and she helped organize a summit for him in the early days of his presidential campaign with other televangelists. Her presence at the inauguration is a very strong indicator that Trump’s White House will be a safe space for the Christian right’s most controversial characters.”

Read more here.

This music video from the USA is called Nearer, My God, to TheeMormon Tabernacle Choir.

Not all Mormon choir members want to get nearer to Donald Trump.

By Chris D’Angelo in the USA:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singer Resigns Because Trump Reminds Her Of Hitler

She would never sing for Adolf, and she won’t stay in a choir that sings for The Donald.

12/30/2016 04:58 pm ET

A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned in protest over the group’s upcoming performance at Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying she could “never look [herself] in the mirror again” if she sang for the president-elect ― a man she likens to Adolf Hitler.

In a letter sent to the choir and later posted on Facebook, Jan Chamberlin explained that she has “spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” reflecting, praying and searching her soul.

“I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be alright and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man,” she wrote. “But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.”

By performing at the Jan. 20 ceremony, Chamberlin said, the choir will create the impression that it’s “endorsing tyranny and facism [sic].”

“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.”

More than 200 of the choir’s 360 members are expected to perform at Trump’s inauguration, church officials earlier told The Salt Lake City Tribune.

But Chamberlin is not alone in her distress. Randall Thacker, a lifelong Mormon, launched a petition urging the 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.”

Though many individual members of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may oppose bigotry, official leaders have a history of anti-African American racism, and a present of misogyny and homophobia.

As of Friday, the petition had topped 24,000 signatures.

Chamberlin concluded her lengthy letter thus: “My heart is shattered and broken … but my conscience is clear. And THAT, really is all that matters.”

Todd Starnes of Fox News blasted Chamberlin’s post on Friday, noting that choir members’ participation in the inauguration is strictly voluntary and describing her Hitler comparison as “not only intellectually dishonest ― it’s downright repulsive.”

Trump’s transition team has struggled to find performers for his inauguration. The Rockettes are scheduled to perform, but one member of the famed dance company has also spoken out. She told Marie Claire, “This is making our show, our job, our name, branded as right-wing. An extreme right-wing.”

7 thoughts on “Donald Trump, Hitler, singing and religion

  1. What if President Trump wakes up angry at Rosie O’Donnell one morning, and nukes Ireland?

    Under current law, he could do that. Which is why I have introduced the Nuclear Sanity Act, H.R. 6535. This is what is says:

    “Except in a case of a physical attack on the territory of the United States by the military force of a foreign government, or in a case in which it is impossible for the President to establish communications with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State for a 24-hour period, the President shall obtain the approval of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State prior to the use of nuclear weapons by the United States.”

    Simple concept: unless the United States is under foreign military attack, whether we nuke another country shouldn’t be up to Agent Orange alone.

    I filed the bill after the Country Trumpkin’s bizarre call for a new nuclear arms race, and other Trump “Bomb, Baby, Bomb” pro-nuke mad libs. What part of the phrase ‘mutual assured destruction’ does Trump not understand? We definitely need to take the nuclear football out of Trump’s hands, before he fumbles it.

    Neither the Constitution nor the U.S. Code currently curbs the President’s ability to launch nukes on a whim. A DOD Directive regarding the “National Command Authority,” DODD 5100.30 (1971), allows the Secretary of Defense to “confirm” the President’s launch order, but he cannot veto it. Moreover, the President can revoke this directive at any time.

    Isn’t it obvious? We need to place someone or something between Donald Trump’s impulses and Armageddon. When it comes to demonstrating Trump’s recklessness, I don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. If any finger rests on the nuclear button, it shouldn’t be Trump’s stubby little outstretched middle one.

    I’m going to keep fighting. So should you.


    Rep. Alan Grayson

    “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein (1949)


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