penguinsIn what is easily the most interesting film article I've read in a long time, Jonathan Miller of the New York Times reports today on a surprising trend:  conservatives across the country are lauding March of the Penguins as a celebration of their beliefs. Not only does the film totally avoid the subject of global warming and generally ignore evolution (there's a brief comment at the start of the narration, but that's it), but the story it tells is seen by many as celebrating "traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child rearing."

There are other reasons, too, that conservatives are drawn to the film. Some see the journey taken by the penguins and the survival of eggs under the worst possible conditions as confirmation of intelligent design. According to one widely read Christian magazine, while it's too bad that "acknowledgment of a creator is absent in the examination of such strange and wonderful animals...It's a gap easily filled by family discussion after the film." Others, meanwhile, view the film as an unusual celebration of human faith. Ben Hunt, the head of a multi-church group in Ohio and Minnesota, is one of those. To him, "Some of the circumstances [the penguins] experienced seemed to parallel those of Christians. 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."

What do you guys think? Is there a religious message to March of the Penguins? Do you think the film is being misinterpreted? Does it even matter?
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