The problem lies in the false dichotomy protestors set up for words.
di·chot·o·my Pronunciation: dI-'kä-t&-mE also d&- Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural -mies
Etymology: Greek dichotomia, from dichotomos
1 : a division or the process of dividing into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities
4 : something with seemingly contradictory qualities
It means this and nothing else is false. There are many meanings to the word “worship”
According to Webster
wor·ship Pronunciation: 'w&r-sh&p Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship
1 chiefly British : a person of importance – used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors)
2 : reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence
3 : a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
4 : extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem
I would rightly say “I worship the ground my wife walks on” this doesn’t mean I think the ground is God nor does it mean I think my wife is God.
Related Words adoration, deference, glorification, reverence, veneration; idealization, romanticization; affection, fancy, favor, fondness, like, liking, love; appreciation, esteem, regard, respect; approval
Do I adore my mother Mary, well, yes, and I am not ashamed of it. We do not give her the “worship” intended for God alone.