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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Jesus loves Emperor Penguins

This made me laugh.

So March of the Penguins has been doing well. One would think that it's doing well because of the darling little penguins and the way their butts waddle adorably when they walk. Alas, this is not the case. Sure, the cuteness of the penguins is a factor, but that's not the only reason the movie's succeeding. Apparently, the movie is very popular in the Christian arena because many think it is a good case for intelligent design and for monogamy (and here it should be noted that Emperor Penguins mate for a season, not for a life).

Film critic Michael Medved was quoted by the New York Times calling it 'the motion picture this summer that most passionately affirms traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child-rearing'. [link]

And, for the record, Wonkette wrote about this interesting relationship between Christians and penguins here.

So here comes the humor.

Caitlin Moran, who writes opinion pieces for The Times Online, had this to say about the phenomenon.

Still in the US, a Christian audience is making a documentary about penguins the biggest factual cinema release since Fahrenheit 9/11. Churches are block-booking seats for March of the Penguins, which is apparently a “condemnation of gay marriage” and puts forward the case for “intelligent design”, ie, Creationism. To be honest, this is good news. If American Christians want to go public on the fact that they’re now morally guided by penguins, at least we know where we all stand. [link]

Ah, good times.


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