Well, she was obedient, but I can think of many more hero/heroines of the bible that were obedient as well....I'm not praying to any of them.
All have sinned and fall short of God's glory. (Romans 3:23)
Praying to Mary is idolatry.
Just checking, because we Catholics are so ignorant of scripture, which of those other heroes/heroines bore The Only Begotten Son of God in their flesh, gave birth to Him, suckled Him, were His Mother? I keep thinking, for some reason, that SOMETHING sets Mary apart....
Idolatry is the worship of a false god.
Mary is not a god and not a goddess. She cannot be a false god, because she is not a god(dess) at all.
I really think Protestants, instead of condemning Catholics for "idolatry", should look into their own souls and their own lives, and ask themselves what kind of idolatry they practice.
It's a thousand times easier to point the finger at someone else's "sin" or alleged "sin", than it is to honestly confront the sin in your own life.