Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Romney’s win; Mormonism’s racial …

As you've probably heard by now, Mitt Romney trounced Newt Gingrich and the rest of the GOP field in Florida. 

Romney even edged Gingrich in the “evangelical/born again Christian” vote, 38 percent to 37, according to  USA Toda's exit poll. CNN's exit poll has Gingrich winning evangelicals 38 to 36 percent. Go figure.

I would have liked to see a breakdown of the Jewish vote after those Kosher robocalls.

Gingrich is still hoping for a Super Tuesday miracle, but as Romney pivots toward the general election, some politicos say his Mormon church's racial history could pose a problem

In other news, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua of Philadelphia died, just a day after a judged had ruled him competent to testify in a landmark sexual abuse trial.

Sen. Marco Rubio brought a bill to the floor that would repeal health care mandates that he says violate religious freedom or conscience rights

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan accused Obama of making an “unprecedented incursion into freedom of conscience” with the new mandate that employers provide free birth control. 

Sarah Palin weighed in as well, saying “we see how the faithful at Notre Dame got snookered and how Obama has shamefully repaid their faith in him.” You don't hear the word “snookered” nearly enough these days. 

White House press sec Jay Carney defended Obama thusly: “The administration believes that this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious beliefs and increasing access to important preventive services.”

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is looking to Wall Street to shore up his archdiocese's finances, the Trib reports. 

North American Muslims are more than satisfied with the secular legal system and do not want a set of parallel courts for Islamic law, according to a new study.

Humanist and secularist organizations have accused the European Union of denying them equal treatment.

Peggy Fletcher Stack reports that Mormons are encountering crises of faith after finding information about the church's history online.

OMGCD: On the eve of the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution in public schools, while other bills would do the same without naming evolution outright.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie  defended his recent controversial remarks on civil rights, calling one his critics “numbnuts.”

Yr hmbl aggregator,

Daniel Burke