Oh I completely agree - in later years, some Shaker designs flew right in the face of the millenium laws - quite fancy. Some of the structures took on a highly decorative Victorian look. While it was indeed contructed by Shakers, it is not in the true "Shaker Style".
I suppose what gets me, is it seems everywhere you look today, magazine publishers and woodworking book authors throw the term "Shaker" around when it is for the most part quite unfounded. The logic seems to be "prove that they didn't have / use this" as apposed to the design being based on something on display at Hancock or Pleasant Hill, etc.