Comments: On the march

I find it amazing that people are using this movie as evidence for intelligent design. This is just the sort of life cycle you would expect evolution to produce, starting from a species that mates on the shore and brings up their young on land, gradually adapting as Antarctica gets colder, and the land (that isn't ice that melts by spring) gets further and further from the sea. But anyone who designed such a mess of a life cycle, with all the 70 mile starvation marches, could not by any stretch of the imagination be called intelligent.

Posted by Andy at September 19, 2005 03:14 PM

"March of the Penguins," the conservative film critic and radio host Michael Medved said in an interview, is "the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child rearing."

Speaking of audiences who feel that movies ignore or belittle such themes, he added: "This is the first movie they've enjoyed since 'The Passion of the Christ.' This is 'The 'Passion of the Penguins.' "

Playing armchair psychologist, seems to me this can be viewed as further proof that conservative Xians generally like seeing things die.

Posted by Steve at September 19, 2005 04:08 PM

You are such a bad boy, Francis! Throwing around your serial comma, thrusting it into direct quotes from the paper.

Posted by Orange at September 19, 2005 04:48 PM

I can't see the movie because I can't stand the idea of watching painfully cute baby penguins die painfully ugly deaths. Screw this "circle of life" crap. I want cute baby penguins to live forever!

Posted by michelle at September 20, 2005 08:56 AM

I've thought about whether liberals should highjack the discussion and talk about how the movie promotes abortion (penguins who are too young to take good care of chicks let their eggs roll away and freeze), mothers going to work while fathers stay home, and socialism (all the penguins have to huddle together to withstand the weather), but it's pretty fun just watching the conservative Christians say such breathtakingly silly things.

Posted by DoctorMama at September 20, 2005 11:48 AM

Oh, I don't know. Penguin life sounds quite a lot like certain brands of Christianity to me.

Posted by BadAunt at September 20, 2005 12:42 PM