PHP is far from unique in starting out as a very different language, and having some baggage because of that. For a trendy example, look at node.js; for a more established one, look at C; or go to the enterprise, and tell me with a straight face that Sun got Java right first time.
If you want to build your website in Erlang, or Haskell, or whatever, fine. But don't hold your breath for the world to join you.
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