Ok so I may be out of touch with reality, society and in a little Christian bubble but something Graham Norton said last night on The Bigger Picture with Graham Norton (which I caught as I flicked over to watch Film 2006). Now I actually LIKE a lot of Graham Norton's humour and the guests were also people I liked; Alan Cumming, Sandi Toksvig (Have though she's fab ever since Ethel in No.73) and Sir Ian McKellen. However I tuned in just as Graham was describing friend of his mother's who was as he described, "one of those real Christians who goes to church every Sunday and takes Holy communion and everything" (slight paraphrase). Clearly he was using this as an example of why religion was a bit "silly" because he followed up a description of this woman by saying that he heard her say: "I mean that idea of the Immaculate Conception... you'd have to be REALLY naive/gullible (can't remember the exact word) to believe THAT. Well it's only the ENTIRE basis of your faith!" much hilarity ensued.
Er... Graham...? IMMACULATE CONCEPTION actually NOT the entire basis of the Christian faith that would be THE VIRGIN BIRTH you were thinking of and it is entirely possible NOT to believe it and still be a Christian. Brilliantly this is NOT a mistake the BBC itself makes as it has it very clearly laid out.
I'm sure I was unjustifiably annoyed about this common confusion being aired on TV and I'm sure I'm turning into an old Mary Whitehouse type lady.
What should we do to prevent such misunderstandings? I think they matter. Do other people think so?