I am one such person who wrote an article comparing R and Python. My point of view is very much in line what you just said. We should view languages as tools, that's all.
One additional and very crucial factor to consider when choosing one tool over the other is the people you work with. If you will be collaborating on a project and most of the people around you are R users, then it makes sense to use R.
I have personally been inclined to Python given my background but I was forced to use R because of the environment I am in. And it's working really well for me now, and I don't think I miss Python as much now (and ggplot is amazing! ) :)