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Intelligent Design Advocates Embrace Flightless Birds

Intelligent Design Advocates Embrace Flightless Birds

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Here’s another one of those, it could be an Onion article but isn’t. The New York Times yesterday reported on how conservatives and intelligent design advocates are embracing the penguin procreation doc, “March of the Penguins”:

The movie goes on to follow the penguins as they trek back and forth over 70 miles of ice to their breeding ground and huddle together to protect their eggs in temperatures that average 70 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

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.”

Okay, so if the emperor penguins’ amazingly complex way of mating and caring for their young is an argument for intelligent design, why would an “intelligent” designer put birds that can’t fly in the harshest place on the planet and make it nearly impossible for them to procreate?

The movie seems to me to be more a testament to the theory of evolution and (while we’re at it) platetonics.

The New Yorker ran a great article recently about the junk science of intelligent design, which you can read here.

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