While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul: in hell. A new poll released May 11 reports that most Americans (82 percent) believe bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes, and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) agree he will be “eternally punished for his sins in hell.” Evangelical Christians, at 80 percent, are most convinced bin Laden will spend eternity in hell, according to the poll conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service a few days after the al-Qaida founder was shot by U.S. troops in Pakistan.    In contrast, only about two-thirds of Catholics, white mainline Protestants and minority Christians and less than half the religiously unaffiliated ― agree that bin Laden's in hell. The PRRI/RNS poll didn’t yield representative samples of Muslims or other minority faiths.    Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and author of “God Is Not One,” said the numbers struck him as low, particularly among evangelicals. But the “eternally” part of the question may have prompted hesitation among some respondents, he said, compounded by questions about hell raised by megachurch pastor Rob Bell’s recent book, Love Wins. Americans are more conflicted over whether Christian values are consistent with the raucous celebrations that broke out after bin Laden was killed. About 60 percent of respondents ― ranging from seven in 10 minority Christians to just over half of white mainline Protestants ― believe the Bible’s message, “Do not rejoice when your enemies fall,” applies to the death of bin Laden. The Rev. Clark West, an Episcopal chaplain at Cornell University, said the Bible sends mixed messages on such celebrations ― examples of rejoicing over an enemy’s downfall, as well as the admonition from Proverbs. “Scriptures can be found both supporting and critiquing such celebrations,” he said. “There can be healing for a trauma survivor in recovering a joyful sense that evil will not have the last word, but human events like the killing of bin Laden should not be confused with the divine vanquishing of evil.”  But for 9/11 survivors and victims’ families, “quiet prayer and attentiveness,” rather than raucous celebration, may provide a greater sense of healing, he said. In other findings: