Banaras does not have a Shankaraachaarya, never did, so the post premise has at least a mistake; an official Shakaraachaarya (officiating at one of the four official Matha) would have been a huge controversy, reverberating around the world news.
The last paragraph above allows people to maintain the second paragraph and yet get away with much. A bit akin to maultaschen invention. Or a "we are not racist, but you won't be comfortable in this club, so why don't you go to one where they will have you" sop handed out to Jewish or other non-wasps at various prestigious clubs where strategem for business and politics are discussed and policies decided in various places.
A hatred based on another's disbelief is a convenient tool and excuse and justification for most anything perpetrated - but if sun shines on all alike, and the earth does not throw away any disbeliever in heliocentric system either, how can one assume the One beyond all can care about what human believes or knows? Divine, or any true God, is above any person's or any group's knowledge and "belief", if it is really Divine or a true God. Hating another's God in name of your particular God merely makes your God seem not quite ultimate God, if at all a God. Gods do not war with one another. Nor is a war of humans in the name of a God or another is possible in any way to be meaningful or true.
Warring with another's God or any form of flagrant disrespect shown to an unfamiliar - ununderstood - God is a boorish quality, beneath civilisation. One does not go about destroying children of others for them being not one's own, or claim that one's parents are the only parents in the world worthy of any respect. Again, the Divine that is above all couldn't possibly approve of destruction of someone else's concept or imagination or image of a God. These are merely excuses for brutality invented by those that have a taste for it.
Ultimately, if one believes truly in any God then the only way the belief is true is if one sees that ultimate Divine in every human, every creature, every soul as a drop of that Divine; and this perception must be irrespective of race, colour, or any other barrier that separates humanity into boxes; else the belief is only a formality. So if you believe in God and do not think that an atheist or anyone who believes in God by any other name does not have God deep in that person's soul, then you need to reexamine your belief, ask yourself is it only a social necessity?When you divide humanity into "believers" (meaning your own side, your definition and your words) and others (including those that have other names for God or Gods), it is not a real faith you have in God, much less a real perception of the Divine.
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