In the past, I’ve written about the undergraduate activities of folks ranging from Sonia Sotomayor to Roger Ebert, but this glimpse into Kentucky senate candidate Rand Paul’s college experiences is a doozy.
Paul, the libertarian son of Congressman Ron Paul, went to Baylor University, a Christian college in Waco, Texas, in the early eighties. While there, he joined an underground student club called the NoZe Brotherhood that regularly mocked the school’s religious values and repressive sexual attitudes.
But that’s not the weird part.
The weird part is something that happened in 1983. He and a NoZe buddy showed up at a female friend’s house, and … well, I’ll let her tell it:
“They blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.”
Then they took her to a creek outside of town:
“They told me their god was ‘Aqua Buddha’ and that I needed to bow down and worship him. … They blindfolded me and made me bow down to ‘Aqua Buddha’ in the creek. I had to say, ‘I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.’ At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no.”
The woman, whose name GQ did not reveal, has since said that “force” wasn’t a completely accurate description of what happened to her, telling the Washington Post that she “went along” with the whole thing “because we were friends.” But she says that she and Paul never really spoke after that night.
Paul dropped out of Baylor the following year, for reasons apparently unrelated to the incident. He later went on to medical school without ever earning an undergraduate degree. Since the GQ story broke he has denied ever “kidnapping” or “forcibly drugging people,” but he has not otherwise denied the veracity of the woman’s account.