Campaign Watchdog: Claim that university condemned Paul 'false'

bestep@herald-leader.comNovember 2, 2010 

The statement: "The Baylor University president condemned him (Rand Paul) as 'lewd, crude and grossly sacrilegious.'"

— The Kentucky Leadership Council, in an automated telephone call against Paul, the Republican U.S. Senate nominee

The Herald-Leader fact-checks statements made by candidates and their surrogates.

The ruling: False

The facts: Paul belonged to a secret society at Baylor University in the early 1980s called the NoZe Brotherhood, which had a reputation for trying to tweak religiosity at Baylor, a Baptist university. The group published satirical articles that mocked Christianity.

NoZe was banned from the campus in 1965 and again in 1978, when President Abner McCall suspended the group for being "lewd, crude and grossly sacrilegious," according to a 1997 article in the school newspaper that was quoted by Baylor Magazine in 2003.

However, McCall took that action well before Paul began attending the school in 1981. The president never condemned Paul.

The Kentucky Leadership Council is a liberal group led by retired Marine Lt. Col. Andrew Horne, a Louisville lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006.

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