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08/26/2010 07:58 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sam Stein Takes On Conservative Talk-Show Host: 'How Big Does The Muslim-Free Zone Have To Be In Lower Manhattan For You To Be Comfortable?'

Sam Stein and Scott Hennen joined "Ed Show" guest host Cenk Uygur to talk about the ouster of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and dim election outlook for Democrats, but things heated up when the discussion turned to Roy Blunt's comments about the proposed Park51 Islamic cultural center, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque."

"I do not know why liberals don't get this," an increasingly-unhinged Hennen said. "I mean, a softball's throw from where 3,000 people died in the largest attack on U.S. soil in our history -- saying let's put a mosque there when you could put that mosque anywhere -- you've got an imam who's behind the thing saying we, the United States of America, have more blood on our hands than does al-Qaeda, and that's supposedly a moderate Muslim by the way -- if he's a moderate Muslim, then Ed Schultz is a moderate liberal. I mean, this is ridiculous. That's very, very offensive, of course it is."

"Scott, if a softball throw is too close, what about, like, a pitching wedge?" Stein replied. "How far away do you have to get in order for it to be fine? How big does the Muslim-free zone have to be in lower Manhattan for you to be comfortable with it?"

Stein kept repeating the question, as Uygur noted that there is already a mosque four blocks from Ground Zero, but Hennen talked past him, finally asserting that "the Huffington Post doesn't get it."

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