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Phill Kline, movie critic

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who now teaches law in Lynchburg, Va., saw "Avatar" and went away more than unimpressed, calling its visuals stunning but its story "borrowed" and its message "shallow and false." Writing on the Web site Renew America, Kline said: "The only way to reconcile a godless Darwinistic worldview with a deeply spiritual American culture is to convert environmentalism into religion." He saw the planet Eywa's warriors as "Freudian expressions of the left's desire for that all-powerful environmental protecting global police force," concluding, "Call me unenlightened, but when I see a Marine battle an anvil-headed beast called forth by a planet-god — I root for the U.S. Marine."