The new "Lone Ranger" film has been a critical and box office disappointment, but the fact that the Indian character "Tonto" is not a Christian has upset some Christian conservatives.
Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Coalition is also upset that the U.S. government is portrayed as "bad" and the army is show killing Indians, which is historically accurate.
"The government is bad – the army is killing Indians – the bad guy is a businessman, the military-industrial complex is bad,"complained Baehr in his review on Movieguide. "The pagan elements triumph because you're looking at it from Tanto's [sic] point of view. It's not Buddhism, it's not Hinduism, it's a mishmash."
Focus on the Family's movie review site, Pluggedin.com, also slammed Tonto for not being a Christian.
“Tonto's worldview, meanwhile, is awash in Native American spirituality," the review states. "As mentioned, he believes the white horse [Silver] is a spirit horse. John becomes a spirit walker. Everything's filled with magic and portent. Even the dead crow Tonto wears on his head is a talisman: He 'feeds' the thing, and every now and then it moves."