1. Austria’s FM wants Muslim kindergartens to close
“They should be shut down because they culturally and linguistically isolate children.”
2. Sweden: The Ramadan car-B-Q
3. Christian woman opens moderate Muslim prayer room in Catholic Church, to build bridges with Muslims who do not observe Islamic basics
An additional video at the end of the German news piece shows how Islamic bridge-building works.
4. UK terror: Four attacks, but five plots thwarted since March
Britain's security services have been warning for months that British nationals who traveled to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria pose a danger when they return home.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for three recent attacks — the one outside Parliament; a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on May 22; and a van on June 3 crashing into pedestrians on London Bridge and then three men getting out and stabbing people in nearby Borough Market.
5. Greece reacts to reading of Islamic Prayer in the captured Eastern cathedral, the Hagia Sophia
The Greek government reacted to Wednesday’s reading of the Koran and Muslim prayer in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, despite the strictly secular museum character of the monument.
On Wednesday, there was a regular call to prayer, as is the case in all mosques, with the only difference being that the gates did not open for the faithful to enter. However, the call to prayer was attended by the President of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez and broadcast by state television TRT-Diyanet.
In a statement, Greece’s Foreign Ministry stressed that Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and therefore an attempt to turn it into a mosque is an insult to the international community. The ministry notified UNESCO of the issue and Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis met with a high UNESCO official today (Thursday).
The statement characterizes the Turkish action as ‘a manifestly unacceptable challenge to the religious sentiment of all Christians and those who honor the cultural heritage of mankind.’
The Hagia Sophia was once the "Vatican" of the Eastern Church, built by the Byzantines in honour of the first pope, Constantine. Greece views the Hagia Sophia as being rightly a Greek property.