You have to be careful what you believe of the MSM. Some of these protests are orchestrated as a divide and rule policy by govt officials themselves. It has a two-pronged effect, divides the communities and serves to punish those who were really involved in violence and thuggery. Many such events are regularly exposed on alternative media.
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you asked very good questions!
to conclude, I can say only one thing,
"its not an important that there is a God or not or his existence, important is "believe in something" and you can name it anything if you don't agree with the word 'God'.