this abundantly shows that parochial mind of some byzantines. why does one need to get so defensive and construct elaborate theories/theologies of why it's ok to prostrate before a painting but not ok to pray before a statue? ok, one gets it, it's not part of the byzantine tradition, but the byzantine tradition doesn't exhaust christianity. this sort of byzantinism cannot, indeed, live and exist without rome. although i doubt they pay much attention.