By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN)--Rick Santorum rode a largely evangelical wave of support to finish eight votes behind Mitt Romney in the Iowa Republican caucuses Tuesday night, according to CNN entrance polls, but the evangelical bloc nonetheless appeared to be seriously splintered.
Santorum garnered 34% of evangelical caucus-goers, according to entrance polls, the libertarian Ron Paul garnered 18%, while Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry each took 14% of that vote. Michele Bachmann won 6% of evangelical caucus-goers and Jon Huntsman won 1%.
The entrance poll reflects an evangelical consensus against Romney, who won a plurality of Iowa’s nonevangelical caucus-goers, but also showcases evangelical disagreement over the best alternative to the former Massachusetts governor, considered to be the establishment candidate and the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
New York (CNN) - Authorities said Tuesday they believe a single arsonist may be responsible for a weekend series of fire bombings in one New York City neighborhood, adding that they are investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that officials are questioning a man who may have hurled the Molotov cocktails, made with explosive liquids and Frappuccino bottles from Starbucks, at an Islamic center and a Hindu place of worship on Sunday.
Editor's Note: Chris LaTondresse is the Founder & CEO of Recovering Evangelical, a nationwide movement of next-generation evangelicals, post-evangelicals and those outside the church who still like Jesus, and author of the forthcoming "Recovering Evangelical." Follow him on Twitter @latondresse.
By Chris LaTondresse, Special to CNN
Rick Santorum’s surge in the polls in the days before the Iowa caucuses has been interpreted by some as evidence of continued relevance and staying power of the Religious Right.
I disagree. I believe it signals the end of the Religious Right as we know it.
As a younger generation evangelical who voted for George W. Bush twice but who supported Barack Obama in 2008, the story of my political evolution offers clues for understanding the current presidential race and the changing face of the evangelical movement in America.
By Dan Merica, CNN
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CNN: Police probe reports of attack on Islamic center
A Molotov cocktail was tossed at an Islamic center in one of three attacks in New York City, authorities said early Monday.
Pastor Ted Haggard will appear on ABC reality show
CNN: Ted Haggard talks scandal, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’
It’s been a while since pastor Ted Haggard made headlines. You may recall that back in 2006, a male escort claimed he had sex with Haggard and that Haggard bought drugs from him. Haggard denied having sex with the man and said he only bought the drugs, but didn’t actually use them.
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