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Missionary Couple Attacked in Kenya

A missionary couple will return to Canada soon, after being assaulted in Africa last week.

Eloise and John Bergen had been working with refugees through Hope for the Nations in Kenya. Five men broke into their home and beat them with machetes.

"When I was going through the ordeal....I was very calm," Eloise told Canadian Television. "It was just like Jesus Christ was right beside me."

Hope for the Nations president, Ralph Bromley, says they want to return to Kenya.

"In their hearts they don't want to leave, but for family and for their own health, it's an important decision that they have made," he said.

The Bergens say they forgive their attackers and hope to return to kenya someday.

Coptic Christians Protest for Rights

Coptic Christians protested outside the White House Wednesday, demanding freedom for their fellow believers in Egypt.

The Copts of Egypt are the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.

The government discriminates against them by denying access to higher education and good jobs.

Egyptian authorities look the other way when Copts are persecuted by radical Muslims.

"It's evident to anybody who can... apply logical thinking," a protestor said. "The Egyptian authorities are in partnership with these crimes."

The protesters are calling on U.S. lawmakers to pass a resolution encouraging Egypt to protect Coptic Christians.

U.S. Recognizes Religious Freedom Legislation

The International Religious Freedom Act was meant to put muscle behind America's push for religious rights around the world.

Monday, President Bush marked the 10th anniversary of the act.

"This legislation that we commemorate today builds on a tradition that defined our nation. After all, when the Founding Fathers adopted the Bill of Rights, the very first liberty they enshrined was the freedom of religion," Bush said.

He noted great progress in many nations, but also persecution of religious believers in quite a few others.

Bush gave several examples of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other believers still persecuted in lands such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar , and China.

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