Keith Roderick

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The Rev. Canon Keith Roderick, D.D.

"An Episcopal priest, Father Keith Roderick was a Cold War human rights activist on behalf of Soviet citizens facing religious persecution under Communist rule. A chance encounter with an Egyptian Muslim who faced death threats upon converting to Christianity awakened Roderick to the problem of religious persecution in the Muslim world. He now serves as Christian Solidarity International's Representative in Washington, D.C. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization for religious liberty helping victims of religious repression, victimized children and victims of disaster. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland but has office in several countries, including the U.S. Father Roderick has served as Secretary General of the Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR , since 1993.

"The Coalition is a consortium of over fifty-five organizations working together to champion the rights of minorities living in Islamic countries. Its primary focus is the condition of religious minorities living in Islamic countries. Members of the Coalition include Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Assyrians, Armenians, Bahai, Copts, Lebanese, Indonesians, Iranians, Pakistanis, Indians, Sudanese, Nigerians, and others. Father Roderick has testified to the Senate and House of Representatives on the issue of religious freedom and human rights concerns of non-Muslim minorities in Islamic countries. He is an Episcopal priest of the Diocese of Quincy, serving as the only Canon for Persecuted Christians in the Episcopal Church. Father Roderick also serves as Executive Director of the Sudan Campaign and was one of the organizers of daily demonstrations at the Sudan embassy in protest of slavery and genocide in Sudan in 2004." [1]

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  1. Advisory Board of American Council for Kosovo, American Council for Kosovo, accessed August 10, 2008.