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 of GottaVote.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.

“Based on the allegations, Associate Professor Sweet has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence without pay effective immediately,” reads a statement put out by John Glisch, Associate Vice President for Communications at BCC.



  1. NewformatSux says:

    Obama campaign is trying to get college professors to do this sort of thing nationwide. Bringing in people to sign up volunteers got another professor busted at Ohio State.

    • GregAllen says:

      No they are not.

      The more I Google, the more I conclude this story is BS.

      The Obama administration is doing a “get out the vote” campaign, which is no different than any other election.

      • GregAllen says:

        It seems like Dvorak News is slowing drifting towards being Fox Nation.

        Shoot now Aim later.

  2. Zybch says:

    So someone please explain how this is ANY different to when a heap of churches instructed their congregations to vote for Bush?
    After all, the churches get out of paying their fair share of taxes so its pretty much the same as giving money to collages from government coffers.

    The ONLY difference I can think of is that its much harder to get teens and young adults to vote one way than it is to compel a bunch of brainwashed idiots who believe in a giant Sky Daddy to vote the other.

    Not that I think that either is acceptable in any way.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Churches aren’t acting as the state, as an arm of government, as someone in control of your life and asperations. You can easily change Churches, not so with Colleges and their 4 year courses of education leading to a degree and your first job.

      Lots of BIG differences. Also–its not “illegal” for Churches to do this, they just lose their tax free status. You know how often that happens.

      • Zybch says:

        “as someone in control of your life and aspirations.”

        You’re kidding right? Thats ALL churches seek to do.

        And they DIDN’T lose their tax free scam.

        • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

          Oh Zybch–you make it hard to be polite. You can quit one church and join another one==very easily. Not so with College.

          Try to keep up.

    • ali b says:

      Zybch a big supporter of the new manifesto:
      Representation at government level of newly created national councils by economic sector;
      The formation of a national council of experts for labor, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made of professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a general commission with ministerial powers.
      In labour and social policy, the manifesto calls for:
      The quick enactment of a law of the state that sanctions an eight-hour workday for all workers;
      A minimum wage;
      The participation of workers’ representatives in the functions of industry commissions;
      To show the same confidence in the labor unions (that prove to be technically and morally worthy) as is given to industry executives or public servants;
      Reorganisation of the railways and the transport sector;
      Revision of the draft law on invalidity insurance;
      Reduction of the retirement age from 65 to 55.
      In military affairs, the manifesto advocates:
      Creation of a short-service national militia with specifically defensive responsibilities;
      Armaments factories are to be nationalised;
      A peaceful but competitive foreign policy.
      In finance, the manifesto advocates:
      A strong progressive tax on capital (envisaging a “partial expropriation” of concentrated wealth);
      The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics, which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor;
      Revision of all contracts for military provisions;
      The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.

      • msbpodcast says:

        Sounds great to me… (But I would abolish most armement factories after giving each citizen a rifle as part of their kit for being born in the U.S.of A. [A rifle and a comprehensive manual as to the rights and obligations of being a citizen.*])

        *) For about eight hundred to a thousand years bell-curving around the time of Julius Caesar, citizens of Rome weren’t just or only the people who’d been born there.

        You didn’t have to be born there and just because you were born there didn’t make you a citizen.

        This was a kind of universality of hegemony which stood the Romans in good stead … until every barbarian at the gate started getting through cracks in the empire** which had degenerated into impotence by the fourth century***.

        Being a citizen of Rome was a hard duty but you knew what you were doing it for. Being a citizen was like being an Apparatchik in Soviet Russia or an Eunuch in pre-Maoist china. It required a certain zealotry****, but without citizenship the state, in effect, actually owed you very little.

        **) Unlike China with its Great Wall, the Roman effort was far more modest and erected across the north of Britain by emperor Hadrian.

        ***) While I may assert that history consists of events that happened long ago to people you couldn’t have met, it doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from what happened to them.

        ****) Looking up zealotry in Wikipedia revealed the humorous fact that the first terrorists were actually Jews who were rebelling against the Roman empire. Small world isn’t it?

    • Glenn E. says:

      I agree with most of what you say. If not the tone of how you said it. I always believed that “Separation of Church and State” should work both ways. And that religion should stay out of politics, completely. And not try to influence or dictate who their congregation should vote for. Have the leaders, no faith in their followers?

      But obviously all the major religions (save the Amish) in the US, have taken to doing just that. And Tv outfits like “The 700 Club” get their tax exempt status threatened. When they spend too much of their resources promoting Republicans, when ever the Democrats are in power. :)

    • surfcat50 says:

      How’s it different than church? Well, for starters, those that paid tuition were in that class to learn Algebra, presumably because they were interested in getting a job.

      Another key difference was that the campus is a public university and it is specifically against the law for its employees to discriminate based on political persuasion (among numerous other categories) and also to campaign when paid to . . . teach algebra, in this case.

      Maybe you are unaware that there is no state religion and churches are private entities. As such, a pastor, priest, or rabbi can instruct his or her followers on any number of topics pertinent to the congregation, including what public policy would be antithetical to their religion and which candidate is a proponent of such policies.

      Hope you understand now. Happy to help.

      • orchidcup says:

        As such, a pastor, priest, or rabbi can instruct his or her followers on any number of topics pertinent to the congregation, including what public policy would be antithetical to their religion and which candidate is a proponent of such policies.

        Not true. In order to qualify for non-profit status, churches are expected to be politically neutral.

        After all, Democrats go to church, too.

        However, it is easy to see that the rules of non-profit status are never enforced.

        There is no law enforcement arm that monitors the propaganda of churches and revokes their non-profit status.

        I think churches should be taxed like any other business, but then the Republicans would lose their propaganda outlet.

        • deowll says:

          Yep that’s why Obama had those meeting with black ministers some of whom have repudiated him because his views aren’t consistent with what they read in the New Testament about leading a righteous life.

    • Ramsey says:

      I get a little chuckle whenever someone misspells a word like “colledges”… And I’m a high school drop-out!

  3. sargasso_c says:

    Like those churches urging parishioners to vote for the other guy? They still don’t have to pay taxes.

  4. Dallas says:

    I agree this was wrong. This nonsense belongs in a tax exempt church, not a public school.

    • pedro says:

      Let’s hope your Messiah will not read this comment or you’re toast!

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    “Must be” grounds for termination if this is a government facility, “should be” fired if it is private. dont care enough to look it up. As a good anti-theist, it wouldn’t bother me at all to pledge whatever not to alienate the Prof, then vote as I desired.

    NFS–still no links huh? Does your knowledge of the inner workings of the Obama campaign come from the same knowledge base as your affirmation that RMoney will win in November?

    You know, NFS–when you are positive about something that has yet to happen, you lose credibility on those things that supposedly already have.

    Think about it. Your advocacy actually turns off independent voters who have a brain to think with.

    • deowll says:

      Depending on how it is set up it might be legal at private educational institutions.

      People can get together and set up all sorts of private, and sometimes unaccredited, schools to teach all sorts of things including I suppose worshiping at the feet of Obama.

  6. From a state-funded community college no less. You know, the ones lack of funding have been annihilating for years due to government neglect. Who needs edumacation anyway? Fly a drone and praise Jesus!

    • Obama had no plans to turn that around in his first 4 years. I don’t it happening in his next 4 either.

      • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

        Nom de Flame says it all.

        I’d love for someone like MEEEEEEEE to get into office and show this country what a real socialist is like. I said “like me” cause I don’t want the job. Interfere with my beer time.

        btw–didja all know that Beer Drinkers don’t vote, but when they do, they prefer Obama?

        http://articles.philly.com/2012-09-14/news/33818512_1_craft-breweries-capita-beer-consumption-electoral-votes

        • msbpodcast says:

          Actually, that “I brew my own beer” factoid will stand O’Mama in good stead…

          There’s going to be a month of other factoids about the founding fathers fondness for alcohol leading up to the election.

          I predict that the debates will begin with a televised shot of O’Mama knocking back a brew to make a statement about standing with the little guy and against the Manischewitz grape juice swilling mormons.

  7. rudedog says:

    I find it more interesting that she requested the leave of absence

    “Based on the allegations, Associate Professor Sweet has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence without pay effective immediately,”

    I guess that looks better on her resume then it saying she was fired.

    Dear government funded schools, don’t tell my kids who to vote for and don’t teach them about anything real science can’t back up.

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Rude—you sound like a man I half agree with. Yes–keep the government out of politics.

      but I am curious. Since the government doesn’t know real science from true belief, shouldn’t they be banned from teaching any science at all? Just as in politics?

      —or—what science do you agree is real enough to be allowed into the Classroom?

      This may be too much a tangent but I recall the Germans banning theoretical physics because it was based on Jewish Math. Ha, ha. Demonstrating your point rude: government should stay out of science all together. Let Real Science be taught in the Religious Schools of your choice.

  8. rudedog says:

    I should have clarified, don’t teach “MY” kids about creationism.

    Others can send their kids to a private, church, based school they feel comfortable with. This way they get both their political views and scientific beliefs they agree with.

    These things do not belong in public schools I pay for (via taxes)

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Oh. Gee Whiz. My Bad. We agree completely. Funny how the written word can come out opposite.

      Everyone here knows the New Format Sucks–but they both refuse to fix themselves. Those who care will follow an idea as it appears in the thread –so no real problem until the New Format Sucks creates a new page.

      Interesting forum here. I’d say its about 50/50 between thinking and non-thinking. The non-thinking over post though calling for heroics efforts on my part to strike a balance.

      Ha, ha….. but I’m off my new more sedate persona. RATS. I hate it when that happens.

      Define: Real Science==what creationists and other flat earthers/true believers call any science they disagree with.

      Science==what the dictionary says.

  9. Captain Obvious says:

    Obviously the right will froth on this, which has no end of entertainment value.

  10. Glenn E. says:

    What no one seems to realize is that the college Prof. didn’t have any way of policing this pledge. Or punishing those that violated it. All it was is a tool of intimidation, for weak minds. If grades count on taking the pledge. Then simply take it, but vote anyway you feel like, or not at all. There’s no way of the college knowing who you voted for, or if at all, in the general election. Just lie about it. As they do, for other things. The only thing adhering to a pledge proves, is how naive and manipulable, one is.

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Thanks for repeating what I posted above…. it allows me to add that the link does say the complaint was made by a parent…. so I think our kiddies are thinking for themselves just as the parents are not.

      Kinda gives me faith in the next generation.

  11. Doug Sherwood says:

    The only thing worse than an educated idiot is an educated idiot in charge.

    Funny how educated idiots think they are so smart…but they only impress other idiots and themsleves.

    Why is it so hard to believe creationism, but easy to think everything just appeared…that even in billions of years the solar system works like a clock. Talk about far fetched.

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Doug Sherwood—you make a compelling point. I’m so glad you aren’t in charge.

      Get off your talking points and read a book on any given subject …. just once?

      There is NO EVIDENCE, NO TESTABLE FALSIFIABLE HYPOTHESIS for creationism while there is all that for The Big Bang.

      “Everything” did not appear at once. You do know roughly how the universe started and formed to what we see today and where it is going? There are some nice Discovery TV shows on the issue: “Evolution of the Universe” or “Big Bang Theory” Easy to google.

      Now, stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Who really knows says:

        Creationism and the Big Bang theories… The devil is in the details.

        Mr. Proton and Mr. Electron meet the God particle, Mr. Higgs Boson.

        Maybe one day, all the fables and parables will be sorted out by a superior mind. Who will this entity be?

  12. Doug Sherwood says:

    Dear Bozo….

    Funny that you believe everything you are told, but don’t have the guts to check out the other side.

    Have you ever read the Bible – you know book about creation, or is being spoon fed by some good enough for you?

    Read it first…then you decide. Don’t let others who don’t believe in God feebily attempt to explain how there can’t be a God? Think for your self.
    There is no evidence – really? Are you also blind?

    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:

      Doug Sherwood says:
      9/18/2012 at 3:17 am

      Dear Bozo….

      Funny that you believe everything you are told, but don’t have the guts to check out the other side.

      Have you ever read the Bible – you know book about creation, or is being spoon fed by some good enough for you?

      Read it first…then you decide. Don’t let others who don’t believe in God feebily attempt to explain how there can’t be a God? Think for your self.
      There is no evidence – really? Are you also blind?

      /////////// Dear Doug: you missed it from last week, or maybe the week before. My take away from an excellent thread/comment: if religion could be reasoned with, there would be no religion.

      Yea, verily.

    • orchidcup says:

      I have read and studied the Bible extensively.

      I have applied critical thinking to the Bible the same as I would any novel, movie, or ancient manuscript.

      There is no reason to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. You may willfully choose to believe such nonsense, but that is your choice as a matter of faith.

      Fortunately, the Constitution protects those of us who do not agree that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

      • GregAllen says:

        If you read the bible critically, you are missing the whole point of religion.

        Don’t get me wrong. It is perfectly fine to use critical analysis on the bible or an religious text.

        But if that’s all you do — you don’t understand inspiration.

  13. Mextli: ABO says:

    When the seed of evil was planted.

    “BCC was also the site for campaign stops in the 2008 presidential race, with then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama holding a rally on the Titusville Campus”

  14. NewformatSux says:

    The plan is for all people to pledge allegiance to the state. The government is what we all belong to.

  15. pedro says:

    So the US moved from “I’m doing a heck of a job, re-elect me” to “I haven’t done shit but please re-elect me”; how third-worldly pathetic. In the meantime, it’s hard to speak English all the way up to Chicago, with idiots with Mexican flags bigger than their cars drive around proud of their “raza”.

    US: the biggest, newest 3rd world country

  16. Public says:

    None of the bumpkins here bothered to go to the source web site and do an About to see what political party produced and directed this.

    Good Luck to the Bumpkinses!

  17. McCullough says:

    Bumpkins worry about the source more than they worry about the truth. if it’s not true, than run with that, show us something.

  18. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    She should be kicked in the face with an iron boot then fed feet first into a wood chipper (feet first so she can realize the horror first).

    Remember kids – a vote for a Democrat is a vote against humanity.

  19. GregAllen says:

    This story needs a BS meter.

  20. NewformatSux says:

    Buy your Obama flag now, just $35. Nazi salute most appropriate.

  21. Blaze says:

    That’s the perfect insight in a thread like this.