Dear Charlie: Do you believe in Hell?
Pastor Kevin Hester of Coloma, Michigan, posed the question to a slew of public officials, including Gov. Charlie Crist: "I am doing a study on 'Hell' and I was wondering about some of your thoughts on this place," he wrote.
Crist's Office of Citizen Services responded with a letter explaining that the Governor is a longtime member of the First Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, and he knows personally the effectiveness of prayer. But Crist declined to comment on hell in particular. Hester said a few people answered by saying hell is holding public office.
And then there's Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP board of directors, who wrote: "As a child, it was an imagined, hot, smokey evil place, presided over by a long-tailed devil in a red suit. Today, it is a place people used to tell me about."