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‘We Don’t Care How Well You Play, Your Opinions Are Not Acceptable!’

It’s frightening how rapidly America is becoming a nation where having the wrong views about politics and national controversies can cost you your job or your business.

As we read in this NY Post story, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has fired its principal flutist, Emily Skala, simply because the management disagrees with her thoughts about COVID. The orchestra has a “progressive discipline policy” that allows it to terminate musicians for behavior it disapproves of.

Lesson for orchestral musicians — if you have any thoughts that might conflict with those of “woke” management types, keep them to yourself.

Skala has been with the Baltimore Symphony for 33 years. Now that she has identified herself as a person with unacceptable views, she must be terminated.

It’s the BSO management that ought to be terminated.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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