Rand Paul's Bong-Fueled Kidnapping Spree, Idol Worship

News last week that Kentucky GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul never graduated from Baylor doesn't strike me as very likely to become a problem for him. Culturally, I don't think it matters in the same way it might if he were running in, say, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and I sort of doubt it would even matter there. But this story by Jason Zengerle in GQ about Paul's pot-fueled college antics in a liberal secret society called the NoZe Brotherhood that aspired to blasphemy--and his campaign's non-denial--well, that's another matter entirely. From the piece:

The strangest episode of Paul's time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul's teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, "He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then 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." After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. "They told me their god was 'Aqua Buddha' and that I needed to bow down and worship him," the woman recalls. "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.

I'll bet they were listening to Rush.

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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