LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway questions the religious faith of his Republican opponent, Rand Paul, in a new television ad launched Saturday.
“Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that calls the Holy Bible a hoax ?” asks the ad. “Why did Rand Paul once tie a woman up. Tell her to bow down before a false idol and say his God was Aqua Buddha?”
Paul’s campaign immediately attacked the ad, saying Conway “stepped way over the line” in “a shameful and despicable ad that questions Dr. Paul’s Christian faith.”
Paul said in a statement that he is a “pro-life Christian” who has “never written or spoken anything that would indicate otherwise.”
Paul is a member of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, where his wife Kelley is a deacon.
The Conway campaign said Paul needs to explain why he joined a secret society in college after the president of Baylor University banned it in 1978, two years before Paul attended the Texas school, because it “made fun of not only the Baptist religion, but Christianity and Christ.”
GQ reported in August that the university’s president called the group “grossly sacrilegious.”
Earlier this week, the political Web site Politico said the society, the NoZe Brotherhood, called the Bible “a hoax” and quoted a former society member who said Paul “ made fun of Baptists ”
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