Should he have been fired? Not if that was the only thing he said. Was it problematic? Yes and no. It’s good to admit fear and bias. But to blame it on someone’s “choice to identify” as a Muslim, is a problem. The choice not to assimilate should not make someone suspect.
What I find disturbing about the media attention to the Kentucky senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway is the fact the criticism of Paul’s antics, while a college student at Baylor University, focuses on whether he trivialized religion by forcing a woman to worship a god called “Aqua Buddah.” The fact that is alleged to have tied her up and driven her to a remote area, prior to forcing her to bow down in worship, has been ignored. Last time I looked that would be considered kidnapping and assault. When did the American public become more concerned about worshipping false gods than assault? And while the religious aspect can be explained by youth, can kidnapping be explained away so easily?