January 3rd, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Santorum benefits from evangelical surge, but born-again Iowans splinter

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.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Politics

Man questioned in New York City firebomb attacks
The attacks resulted in damage but no injuries, the New York Police Department said.
January 3rd, 2012
03:59 PM ET

Man questioned in New York City firebomb attacks

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.

Read the full story on the investigation into the fire bombings
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Crime • New York

January 3rd, 2012
03:01 PM ET

My Take: Santorum’s evangelical surge is about more than Christian Right
Rick Santorum speaking in Iowa this week.
January 3rd, 2012
10:23 AM ET

My Take: Santorum’s evangelical surge is about more than Christian Right

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.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Iowa • Opinion • Politics

January 3rd, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, January 3

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

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.


- Dan Merica

Filed under: Uncategorized

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January 2012