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John Podhoretz’s review of Avatar in the Weekly Standard is an interesting starting point for some thoughts on American religion. While Podhoretz and I are certainly from different camps, there’s very little in his article I’d disagree with (except his vague suggestion that the film encourages support for Iraqi insurgents, which I think goes too far and so does he).

I’m not a big Avatar fan. It’s fun enough, but I think it stretches “suspension of disbelief” to the breaking point. Look, you want a mineral and you don’t care one whit about the indigenous and hostile life? Sigourney said it best herself: “Take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” For a 3D movie, the characters, plot and premise are completely 2D.
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