A Florida college professor has been placed on leave for
allegedly trying to force her students to sign a pledge promising
they would vote for President Obama in November.
Mathematics professor Sharon Sweet of Brevard Community College
has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence after telling
students to vote for President Obama and "Democrats up and down the
ticket." Steve Crampton of Liberty Counsel is not surprised by her
"Our experience with the education system in many
cases reflects a growing bend toward the left among professors and
the administrations of our institutions," he accounts. "Inevitably,
I guess, it's going to work its way out in the classroom."
Though Sweet may have violated election laws, Crampton doubts
she will be prosecuted.
"It may be different if this were a very conservative professor
who was asking students to sign a pledge to vote Republican in the
upcoming election … because most of the faculty and overseers are
probably Democratically inclined to begin with," the attorney
suggests. "There's going to be less desire to see this through on
an ultimate prosecution."
University officials have launched an investigation and are
interviewing all members of Sweet's class.