It are such "absolute truths" which damage our beloved Perl's image, as they do not take into account the very dynamism that lies at its heart.
Other such "truths" which spring to mind are "Perl is CGI", "Perl code is unreadable", "Perl development has stalled", "Perl is dead", ...
At each and every opportunity we must stand united and fight them.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James