“Hindus and the Muslims belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature. They neither inter-marry nor inter-dine and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations that are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their concepts on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Muslims derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes and different episodes.”
In March, 1940, Muhammad Ali Jinnah eloquently articulated the problem for which Pakistan, created seven years later, was the solution.
In America, even if the pot is no longer quite melting, we’ve so far solved this problem by separating church and state, not people – despite the objections of the religious right.