Well its worth a mention today because Pope Benedict XVI has just issued his world peace day message and in it he says that people are the most important part of creation.
The earth is the home of the human family, says the Holy Father, highlighting the need "to care for the environment" which "has been entrusted to men and women to be protected and cultivated with responsible freedom, with the good of all as a constant guiding criterion.”
The Pope was careful to explain that, contrary to the attitude of some environmentalists, “[h]uman beings, obviously, are of supreme worth vis-a-vis creation as a whole.” “Respecting the environment does not mean considering material or animal nature more important than man," the Holy Father said.
Which has got up a few peoples noses.
The central theme of the Pope's message is the sanctity of the family and how this institution is central to the welfare of humanity.
Indeed this should be self evident - the violent and dysfunctional amongst us rarely come from stable loving families.
Of course not everyone is blessed with good parents a fact that is depressingly obvious each time we pick up a newspaper.
But for some reason imparting parenting skills is not something the education system nor society at large places a high premium on.
Kids are taught all about valuing their "sexuality" and to worry over the welfare of polar bears but diddly on the how to nurture their own young let alone the value of having them. They might well pick up the message that it is "selfish" to have too many children or any at all - as some have.
Another view that might be absorbed is that pregnancy is akin to genital herpes, something you catch from unsafe sex . And we know where that meme originated - from the endless barrage of "always use a condom" and practice "safe sex" that the educational establishment has foisted upon us and our children.
So while the Pope's message is really about building strong families and how that is the key to a more humane and safer world what has been taken from it in some quarters is
(1) An attack on environmentalism: The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom
(2) An attack on gays: Pope's message - gay weddings threaten peace
Which just goes to show the lengths people will go to to avoid hearing an 'inconvenient truth".