The Jewish problem of nice rabbis...
Here's a good post on that typically Jewish problem of nice rabbis. The post's written by a rabbi who got thinking about how destructive nicness has been to the moral authority of Jewish rabbis.
But wait a second; are we allowed to write "Jewish rabbis?" Isn't that a stereotype? And who says Jewish rabbis are the only religious leaders who are too nice and have lost their authority? Isn't that a negative stereotype of Jews? Where's Abe Foxman when you need him?
Anyhow, the revelation came while the author listened to Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki speaking on the marketing savvy of polarizing your audience. Give it a read.
(TB, w/thanks to Matt)