> sole focus on iconography
I don't see why this is an issue. Iconography is simply the artistic style of the Byzantine tradition. There's nothing theologically wrong with statues from an Orthodox perspective, it's just not the aesthetic of the east.
> some church buildings constructed like an afterthought
Non-statement. Moving on.
> conflating national identity with the Church.
This is actually a heresy of the Orthodox Church called ethnophyletism. Our faith goes before our ethnicity and what matters most is our Orthodoxy, not our Greek-ness or Russian-ness. Any Orthodox Christian who cares more about their ethnicity is misguided at best and a heretic at worst.
> not welcoming to potential conversos
If you mean that they aren't welcoming to potential converts, I have personally never experienced that as an Orthodox convert myself. I suppose it's on a church-by-church basis, but pretty much every Orthodox church will be welcoming to inquirers.
> as good as non-existent proselytizing
I dunno WHAT you're talking about man. Orthodoxy has exploded in the last decade or so, hence why the presence on the internet of young Orthodox Christians is so high these days.
> divorce allowed
We allow divorce in the instance of sexual immorality, and this is because Christ Himself permitted it. And who are we to disobey Christ?
> "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, *saving for the cause of fornication,* causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery" (Matthew 5:32).
> contraception allowed
Not even true. Moving on.
> disregarding the supreme authority of the papacy
The papal doctrines that the Roman church currently holds are an innovation invented towards the end of the first millennium. The fathers all conclude on this point, and the Roman pontiff does not correlate with the early Church's teachings. Read "Two Paths" by Michael Whelton for a thorough refutation of the papacy.
> "uncreated light" theology
Do you mean the Essence-Energy Distinction? Uniate / "Byzantine Catholics" accept this theology too so I don't know what the issue is.
> cannot stop seething about Catholics while Catholics don't even think about any misdeeds from the Orthodox
Projection. Moving on.
> Most authentic branch of the Church
That tends to happen when you preserve the doctrines and liturgics of the early Church.
> no effeminate clergy
Because ours are normally married.
> celibacy not a must
Refer to previous answer.
> local parishes everywhere I am
Glory to God!
> you always find a couple of truly devoted Orthodox believers
Where I'm from, there are far more than a couple.
> sense of community
As things should be.
From what I'm seeing in your points for and against Orthodoxy, anon, is that you either have internalized misconceptions of our faith, or simply misunderstand some of our teachings. I do not blame you for this, and implore you to learn more about precisely what our doctrines are. I don't know what country it is you're living in, but where I'm from I have a vibrant Orthodox parish I am a part of. Most are even converts to the faith, demonstrating the widespread growth of the Orthodox Christian faith. I do not write this in bad faith, but only that you may be inclined to learn these things. God bless you on your journey.