Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Penguins will save traditional marriage

Via the VC, a hilarious article in the NY Times on a right wing love affair with March of the Penguins.
To Andrew Coffin, writing in the widely circulated Christian publication World Magazine, [the film] is a winning argument for the theory that life is too complex to have arisen through random selection.

"That any one of these eggs survives is a remarkable feat - and, some might suppose, a strong case for intelligent design," he wrote.
Because natural selection couldn't have had anything to do with it . . .
Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, told the young conservatives' gathering last month: "I have to say, penguins are the really ideal example of monogamy. These things - the dedication of these birds is just amazing."
Did Lowry miss the part where they mention that emperor penguins change mates every year? They are serial monogamists. And what about the steadfast example of gay penguins: do they count?

One minister identified a little too strongly with the penguins:
"Some of the circumstances they experienced seemed to parallel those of Christians," he said of the penguins. "The penguin is falling behind, is like some Christians falling behind. The path changes every year, yet they find their way, is like the Holy Spirit."
And the leopard seals are just like the lions in the Coliseum!

I applaud the reporter for not making his own amusement with these people more obvious than it was.
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