The movie is "March of the Penguins," and of all the reactions it has evoked, perhaps the most surprising is its appeal to conservatives. They are hardly its only audience; the film is the second highest grossing documentary of all time, behind "Fahrenheit 9/11."
But conservative groups have turned its stirring depiction of the mating ordeals of emperor penguins into an unexpected battle anthem in the culture wars...
To Andrew Coffin, writing in the widely circulated Christian publication World Magazine, that 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. "It's sad that acknowledgment of a creator is absent in the examination of such strange and wonderful animals. But it's also a gap easily filled by family discussion after the film."
The fact that there's a substantial death rate from frozen penguins and penguin eggs doesn't make a case for "intelligent" "design."
It's cold in Antartica; if penguins hadn't evolved to the point where they or their DNA gain a propagation advantage from sitting on their eggs in the dead cold of an Antarctic winter it would be a picture of absurdity.
But it shows that some people see something in anything...