Yes, I totally agree--it was a hasty reply. I was talking specifically about the horrors of combining 'view' concerns (content--i.e, HTML) with logic (JS/PHP/ASP/JSP/JSF/UGH/WTF). Modern good practices dictate that you don't even combine CSS with HTML anymore.
Whether you do MVC or some other variant, views should never contain more than the most minimal amount of code (e.g. some templating/looping logic). It makes internationalization a nightmare (though if you never expect your project to succeed, that's probably not a concern), and the people you have writing and laying out the content shouldn't be expected to understand (and not break) all the embedded hackery.
That is what makes PHP and other hybrids of its ilk so awful, before we even get into debating the merits of the languages themselves.
And as for the PHP language... well, once you require me to place a non-alphanumeric character at the start of every identifier, you've already turned me off. 100s of other languages prove that syntax parsing isn't actually that hard. I'll keep the dollars in my bank account, and out of my code. But if PHP didn't this $silly obsession with dollar signs, there would be (well, there are) plenty of other valid criticisms.
PHP was pretty cool in the 90s. Some people obviously still find it useful, others are stuck with it (largely thanks to that whole 'rapid prototyping' angle).
At the moment, my current favorite application architecture is Dropwizard + Backbone. Solid, scalable and EASY.