Professor allegedly required students to sign pledge to vote for Obama and Democrats

Thomas Lifson
The corruption of higher education in this country has reached the point where a professor allegedly sees nothing wrong with requiring students to sign a pledge to vote for Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.  The Blaze cites a report by Campusreform.org's Oliver Darcy:

A college professor has been placed on leave after she allegedly forced her class to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the upcoming elections.

Early last week Professor Sharon Sweet at Brevard Community College (BCC) allegedly told students to 
sign a pledge that reads: "I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket."

The pledge was printed off ofGottaVote.org, a website funded by the Obama campaign.

University administrators said they learned about the incident late Thursday afternoon and launched an investigation, after they received a phone call from a concerned parent.

No doubt the administrators are deeply concerned that the report has become public. This is a major scandal. But it is also evidence of a pervasive climate in academia that the only legitimate views are those of the left. To borrow a term from the racial and gender grievance industries, a "hostile environment" has been created on campus toward conservatives. That an instructor would even conceive of requiring such a pledge speaks to the pervasiveness of hostility towards conservatives.

There should be severe consequences, if this report is true. As Darcy notes:

Sweet's actions may have also violated Florida's election laws.

Section 104.31, of Title IX in chapter 104, states that "no officer or employee of the state... shall... use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or nomination of officer or influencing another person's vote or affecting the result thereof."



The corruption of higher education in this country has reached the point where a professor allegedly sees nothing wrong with requiring students to sign a pledge to vote for Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.  The Blaze cites a report by Campusreform.org's Oliver Darcy:

A college professor has been placed on leave after she allegedly forced her class to sign a pledge to vote for President Obama in the upcoming elections.

Early last week Professor Sharon Sweet at Brevard Community College (BCC) allegedly told students to 
sign a pledge that reads: "I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket."

The pledge was printed off ofGottaVote.org, a website funded by the Obama campaign.

University administrators said they learned about the incident late Thursday afternoon and launched an investigation, after they received a phone call from a concerned parent.

No doubt the administrators are deeply concerned that the report has become public. This is a major scandal. But it is also evidence of a pervasive climate in academia that the only legitimate views are those of the left. To borrow a term from the racial and gender grievance industries, a "hostile environment" has been created on campus toward conservatives. That an instructor would even conceive of requiring such a pledge speaks to the pervasiveness of hostility towards conservatives.

There should be severe consequences, if this report is true. As Darcy notes:

Sweet's actions may have also violated Florida's election laws.

Section 104.31, of Title IX in chapter 104, states that "no officer or employee of the state... shall... use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or nomination of officer or influencing another person's vote or affecting the result thereof."