About 15 of the 360 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are expected to sing at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

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 for like-minded Mormons and their friends to share their feelings.”

About 15 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.



























Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu – Mondoweiss

John Kerry devoted his most important speech to a problem, Israeli settlements, the Democratic Party removed any reference to in its last platform. The bitter failure of the Obama administration to take on Netanyahu till the last minute is proof of the power of the Israel lobby inside American liberalism.

Source: Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu – Mondoweiss

No “Marijuana Cigarettes” Will Not Go On Sale Worldwide In 2017, But There Is A Bigger Story Here – Collective Evolution

Newport Cigarettes, one of the world’s most popular cigarette brands, announced that they will join the marijuana legalization trend and start producing marijuana cigarettes, or so it has been said. This story has been going around but doesn’t seem to actually be true. The company has not made a statement and the original source is a […]

Source: No “Marijuana Cigarettes” Will Not Go On Sale Worldwide In 2017, But There Is A Bigger Story Here – Collective Evolution

Trump’s Legions Of Neo-Nazis Just Threatened To Revolt Against Him

HARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Donald Trump’s revolting white supremacist/neo-Nazi followers are already dissatisfied with the President-elect’s performance and are ready to ‘revolt.’ Never mind that Steve Bannon who turned Breitbart into a white supremacist platform for white nationalists has been named as a Senior White House Advisor, even the fringe-right is telling the world why; it’s what they do, reports The Guardian:In an email interview Peter Brimelow, founder of the webzine, which alleges Mexican plots to remake the US, said Trump’s failure to deliver “important bones” could trigger a backlash. “I think the right of the right is absolutely prepared to revolt. It’s what they do.”There is, however, a catch: Weber, Taylor and Brimelow – all classified as “extremists” by the Southern Poverty Law Center – said Trump’s victory energised the far-right and that the movement can grow with or without White House help. The young crowd that roared “Hail Trump” at last month’s gathering in Washington will fight for its beliefs no matter what, Brimelow said. “None of them were looking for jobs in the Trump administration. These are not party loyalists. They know they’re entirely outside the establishment consensus. And they’re used to guerrilla warfare.”After Trump’s win, some the revolting white supremacy supporters who led an online wave of race hate met in Washington, D.C. looking for national exposure for their neo-nazi messaging:A few weeks after Trump’s victory the innocuously named National Policy Institute, which espouses an “ethno-state” for Americans of European descent, held its annual conference in the Ronald Reagan Building a few blocks from the White House. Its leader, Richard Spencer, concluded the event by shouting “Hail Trump! Hail our people!” and “Hail victory!”, an English translation of the Nazi exhortation “Sieg heil”. Some audience members gave the Nazi salute.Hate groups revolve around disaffection and attention and then commit acts of violence against the targeted groups they use as scapegoats. Bold public statements like these from racist thought leaders about Trump’s overall effect on their movement serve as confirmation of his Republican campaign’s consequential use of stochastic terrorism as a communications strategy. If Trump does truly abandon his staunchest supporters by refusing to terrorize immigrants himself, their anger raises the shadow of violence within the Republican’s big tent of racists, religious bigots, anti-Jew and American oligarchs.The main obstacle to a rapid advance by these neo-nazi forces is infighting:“In January Trump will start governing and will have to make compromises. Even small ones will trigger squabbles between the ‘white supremacy’. ‘Trump betrayed us.’ ‘No, you’re betraying us for saying Trump betrayed us.’ And so on. white supremacy’s appearance of influence will diminish more and more as they start to fight amongst themselves.”Donald Trump’s use on the campaign trail of vague statements about minority groups to incite hatred have already had national consequences and spurred a hate crime wave of ethnic and religious discrimination.The splintering of Trump’s white supremacist supporters only portends more grievance driven violence, and the Republican party faces specter that some of that hate criminals could begin to target some of the GOP politicians or their familiars, who have ridden a wave of Russian hacking attacks and twisted, dark hatred into power during 2016’s electoral races in America.

Source: Trump’s Legions Of Neo-Nazis Just Threatened To Revolt Against Him you are a fool trump and you are playing a dangerous game with these neo nazis and they play for keeps .