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“Why won’t they mention his faith?,” I wondered, reading over a dozen stories about the “Santa of Syria,” Rami Adham.

The stories tell of his extraordinary humanitarian work with the people of Syria, bringing toys and medicine to the children of Aleppo. They tell of the danger he faces from government and rebel forces, Russian airstrikes, as well as ISIL and Shia militias. But the stories don’t mention his faith.

One of my many issues with organized religions today is how little they resemble what we perceive to be their origins. Although Christianity is supposedly based upon the life of Jesus, that belief system today is a far cry from the customs and practices of the Middle East 2,000 years ago.

Times change and if organized religion expects to survive, it had better learn to adapt.

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