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Forgive or condemn?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – With celebrations continuing across the country, Americans are faced with a question that is difficult to answer. Are these celebrations really the right way to handle the death of Osama bin Laden?

Many viewers of KLTV have commented on Facebook as well as on One reader writes, "I'm glad he is finally dead but this isn't the end. There will always be someone else."

Another adds, "You can run but you can't hide … forever! May he burn in hell!"

Two religious leaders in Tyler say it's natural to feel excitement when an event like this happens, but it is important to remember that this was another human being … no matter their offenses.

John Robbins, Senior Pastor of Marvin United Method Church says, "I think the immediate response for the vast majority of us was ‘Thank God.' He's not an issue. He's not a problem anymore. And then we had to step back from that after our immediate response and try to deal with it from there."

Steve Rumpf, Pastor of Grace Community Church of Tyler adds, "And if they're celebrating justice and celebrating maybe a partial end to the tyranny of terrorists … I'm glad about that also. But I'm not real excited about celebrating over the death of any man."

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