Cars for all religions, maybe

Cars for all religions, maybe

Proton, owner of Lotus, is rumoured to be planning a car for Muslims. This is an astute marketing ploy for Proton, but will it be ultimately beneficial, and will Muslims take Proton up on its offer? Perhaps in countries where the overwhelming majority of people are Muslims, but I don’t think it’ll happen in the Western world. Muslims on the whole are the subject of a lot of needless persecution based on a minority of fanatics and radicals, so many of them might not want to advertise their faith so overtly. Does this now mean that we’ll soon be able to purchase option packs for any of the major faiths?

I joked in the news item about Buddhists having the radio always playing Nirvana, but there’s a very real chance that a manufacturer could look at the wider needs of a particular religious group. It’s easy to poke fun here – Catholics would need extra seats, Sikhs would need extra headroom for turbans, etc. In the USA, where the majority are Christians (apparently only about 4% of Americans are atheists compared with over 30% in France), Christianity kits could become commonplace. Embroidered crosses in the seats, Bible holders, radios that come pre-tuned to Christian stations are all possible. Or, we could just go back to the humble bumper sticker. It’s common in the USA to see ‘Honk if you love Jesus.’ I’ve never seen ‘Honk if you love Mohammed.’

Proton, owner of Lotus, is rumoured to be planning a car for Muslims. This is an astute marketing ploy for Proton, but will it be ultimately beneficial, and will Muslims take Proton up on its offer? Perhaps in countries where the overwhelming majority of people are Muslims, but I don’t think it’ll happen in the Western world. Muslims on the whole are the subject of a lot of needless persecution based on a minority of fanatics and radicals, so many of them might not want to advertise their faith so overtly. Does this now mean that we’ll soon be able to purchase option packs for any of the major faiths?

I joked in the news item about Buddhists having the radio always playing Nirvana, but there’s a very real chance that a manufacturer could look at the wider needs of a particular religious group. It’s easy to poke fun here – Catholics would need extra seats, Sikhs would need extra headroom for turbans, etc. In the USA, where the majority are Christians (apparently only about 4% of Americans are atheists compared with over 30% in France), Christianity kits could become commonplace. Embroidered crosses in the seats, Bible holders, radios that come pre-tuned to Christian stations are all possible. Or, we could just go back to the humble bumper sticker. It’s common in the USA to see ‘Honk if you love Jesus.’ I’ve never seen ‘Honk if you love Mohammed.’

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