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Comedian Jon Stewart blasts those who have a 'Mormon problem'

Published: Friday, May 4 2012 5:32 p.m. MDT

In this March 12, 2009 file photo, Jon Stewart is shown during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York.

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If comedian Jon Stewart takes satirical shots at Mitt Romney, it won’t be because he worships “a false god” as Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association accused him of doing.

Having someone who does that in the White House doesn’t offend him. “As a Jew, you get used to it,” Stewart quipped.

On the popular “The Daily Show” this Wednesday, Stewart took shots at those who are bothered by Romney’s so-called “Mormon problem.” Pointing to comments like Fischer’s and those of Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, who called Mormonism a “cult,” Stewart went on the attack against those who are singling out the presidential candidate because of his faith.

Jeffress has now flipped, endorsing Romney now that he is the presumptive Republican nominee. Stewart poked fun at Jeffress for Jeffress' apparent simple math: “I hate Barack Obama more than I love Jesus.”

Stewart has made clear he is no fan of Romney's, but defending Romney's religious faith is a different matter, the Los Angeles Times entertainment blog pointed out.

"Religious tolerance has long been one of Stewart's favorite issues, so despite his evident dislike for the former Massachusetts governor, his stance on Mormon-bashing is not terribly surprising," the Showtracker blog reported.

Stewart made sure his effort was bipartisan, condemning Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer for comments about Romney's polygamous past after Obama had to clarify things about his own Kenyan family history. Stewart also took shots at MSNBC host Martin Bashir for quoting a scripture from the Book of Mormon and concluding Romney could continue what Bashir perceived as “lying” and “face eternal damnation” or he could “start telling the truth.”

“Or he could make the third choice, the one that every president and politician has made from the dawn of time,” Stewart joked. “Continue to profess your faith while also lying.”

His most severe shots were reserved for MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, who brazenly condemned Romney’s faith’s early practices, including previous stances on interracial relationships. However, O’Donnell didn’t question Democratic senator Harry Reid, who is also a Mormon, about the same issues during an interview with him.

“You can’t cherry-pick the worst aspects of a religion and then hold every member of that religion solely responsible for it,” Stewart said.

It’s not the first time Comedy Central has tackled the Mormon issue. Earlier last year Stephen Colbert took aim at the White House for referring to Mitt Romney as “weird” because of his faith.

“The strong jaw, piercing gaze, you just know in high school (Romney) was one of those ‘weird’ kids who had lot of friends, and who led his high school to one of those ‘weird’ state championships,” Colbert sarcastically quipped.

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