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Jon Stewart on the Daily Show continued coverage of the New York City Islamic Center controversy last night (“Tennessee No Evil”) taking his examination of the controversy from the Park 51 Center (the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”) in Manhattan, two blocks from the WTC, to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, “18,000 blocks” from the WTC.

Why has standing up for a fundamental Constitutional protection become an act of political courage? That question was one of the least savory aspects of the primary battles that wrapped up this week for U.S. House seats and the Governor’s job in Tennessee but it sadly reflected recent political pandering and religious bigotry at the national level.