Upstream, in this case, is fully aware of users' desires. Likewise, the Debian packagers. They have both elected to ignore them. It's not clear whether the packagers are choosing to honor upstream's nutty opinion, or have evolved their own nutty opinion to match, and it doesn't matter much.
Hence, I don't see what you're disagreeing with. We seem to agree that it's a bug, and it's clear that upstream has refused to fix it. What's anomalous here is that the packagers have also refused to fix it, under what might or might not be the same process (which I refuse to call reasoning) used by upstream.
Ultimately this only matters if the infection spreads.