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A NoZe perspective on smear campaign

Nov. 3, 2010

By Samreen Hooda

Republican Rand Paul, Senator-elect from Kentucky, was accused of anti-religious sentiments in connection to his membership in the NoZe Brotherhood by opponent, Jack Conway, in a televised ad late in the campaign season.

How does a NoZe feel about these allegations? Below is the transcript of an interview with former NoZe brother Cliff's NoZe, who graduated from Baylor over a year ago and is currently in law school in California.

Q: Paul could be in political trouble because of a supposed anti-Christian, sacrilegious organization that conducted certain rumored acts while he was a college student nearly three decades ago. How do you feel about this allegation as a fellow NoZe?

A: In general you cannot call an organization sacrilegious especially when it has to do with satire. Satire by nature can come across as offensive or abrasive. But it doesn't mean it's anti-religion. In my experience, many members were strong believers of their faith. Whenever you're showing an institution their own follies, they can become offended by it.

Q: How does it feel knowing a group you were part of as a teenager or young adult in college can impact you professionally?

A: If I can say I was a part of a group that questioned authority because it was the right thing to do or because someone needed to do it, that's something that I would hold on to, that I would be honored by. I don't want to live my life as a follower.

Q: What would your advice be for Rand Paul?

A: If I were in the situation, I would make a statement that an isolated incident taken out of context would not be the sum of any individual.

Q: What is the purpose of the NoZe Brotherhood?

A: The purpose of the Brotherhood is to show Baylor its own follies, and occasionally make it laugh.

Q: Was the Noze Brotherhood ever a student organization?

A: The brotherhood has constantly gone in and out of favor.

Because we had some contentions we had to go underground, and the SE's changed their names to the ZE's because the SE's membership was publicly known. There's a lot of power that comes with anonymity.