Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2017

UCLA professors lead protest of Dennis Prayer conducting symphony, he ‘helps normalize bigotry’ and hate

Two University of California-Los Angeles professors are trying to derail an upcoming symphony performance because Dennis Prager will be the guest conductor.

“Please urge your friends to not attend this concert, which helps normalize bigotry in our community,” the professors plead, calling Prager “a right-wing radio host who promotes horribly bigoted positions” and adding that he “is not a trained conductor and there is no musical rationale for his participation.”

History professor Andrew Apter and political science professor Michael Chwe contend that “Prager supports the current administration’s proposed travel ban from several majority-Muslim countries,” has attempted to draw connections between rising crime rates and liberalization of immigration policies in Sweden, and that “diversity and multiculturalism” are a threat to “American identity and traditional American values”—all of which the authors consider “fundamentally at odds with our community’s values.”

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Prager brought the protest letter to national attention Tuesday with an op-ed for National Review, explaining that conducting orchestras is his little-known pastime, and that he’s been studying classical music since he was in high school.

“I conduct orchestras because I love making music,” Prager writes; “but I also do so because I want to help raise funds for local orchestras (I have never been paid to conduct) and because I want to expose as many people to classical music as possible.”

“It is not enough to prevent conservatives from speaking,” Prager lamented; “it is now necessary to prevent conservatives from appearing even when not speaking. Conservatives should not be even be allowed to make music.”

“What motivates these professors is the leftist worldview that dominates our universities,” said Prager to TheDCNF. “Leftism (not liberalism) holds that a) all ideas not on the left are not merely wrong, but evil; b) all those who hold evil ideas are evil people, and therefore c) wherever possible, such people must not be allowed any public forum — even if it does not involve any speaking.”

While the board of directors of the Santa Monica Symphony continue to stand by Prager, the two UCLA professors, both of whom are violinists, are reportedly refusing to play that night.

Their letter outlines numerous objections to Prager’s past public statements, speculating for instance that his support for traditional views on homosexuality would make “LGBTQ folks as well as children adopted by same-sex couples” feel “unwelcome” at the concert.

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  1. WM Morgan says:

    If the Santa Monica has ever played Wagner (or any number of classic composers who would make most of us look like tree-hugging pansexuals), then they can certainly take direction from Mr. Prager.

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