Personally I don't see anything wrong with a manufacturer offering an optional automatic in a car. There is a guy that I've seen run at TWS who has lost the use of his legs, but still races a BMW M3 with an SMG transmission. Are you saying that he shouldn't be able to drive a sports car?
As long as it's not the only transmission, who cares?
AND, I'll even go so far as to say that there will be a time when those 'automatic' manual transmissions are so good that they will be better than a regular stick. Look down... Do you see three shoes or two?