I strongly disagree. The beauty of BASH is not in the syntax - it's that you start real simple by simply running commands, passing parameters, and then starting with asking questions and acting on the results. Anyone can learn BASH and go as slow, or as fast as they one, but anyone can at the very least write a super simple HELLO WORLD bash script with zero effort.
I also think once you learn proper BASH programming, it's an excellent gateway to other languages, and best practices, including proper escaping and sanitation of inputs.
Consider how simple the following script is, and how rough it would be if you had to do this in ANY other language:
echo "Hello $1!"
You put this in a script, make it executable, and just run it: ./script John
You see what I'm saying?