Movie critic Jeff Vice has disappointed me again. In his story about upcoming movie releases (Nov. 16), he leads with a reference to "The Golden Compass," based on Philip Pullman's book. What he doesn't say is that Pullman's purpose was an anti-"Narnia," anti-Christian book. He is a militant atheist who said — as reported in The New York Times — "I don't think it's possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words 'spiritual' or 'spirituality' ... ." One of his characters in the book, Mary Malone, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake."

This is a strongly Christian community, and for a critic to slide over Pullman's intent does us a huge disservice

Lynn Johnson