Turkey, the EU, and Public OpinionThe Gates of Vienna reports that public opinion in nearly ALL EU countries is against Turkish membership:
Turkey, the EU, and Public Opinion
French and German public opinion is firmly against membership, but the Austrians outflank even them, 80-90% opposed, citing those Gates as a prominent reason.
Western Resistance has an enlightening post about Turkish society:
Turkey: Special Report
In marked contrast to the Islamist Erdogan, the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, seems positively enlightened. Born in 1881, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a national hero during the Dardanelles campaign, he led the national liberation struggle against the British from 1919 onwards, and brought full independence to the nation. Most importantly, he ended the Ottoman dynasty, which had lasted for six centuries. In 1923, on October 9th, he created the Republic of Turkey.
President until his death in 1938, Ataturk introduced reforms in all areas of society, a society that had previously been ruled by clerics and lackeys of the Ottomans. He established Turkey as a secular nation. He wanted the country to be western, and stopped the wearing of the Fez, replacing it with western hats for civil servants. On February 17, 1926, the laws of Sharia were officially abolished, and a legal system, based on the Swiss model, was introduced. On 9 April, 1928, a clause in the constitution, which declared that Islam was the country's official religion, was removed. In the same year, the Arabic script which had formerly been mandatory was ordered to be replaced by Roman script. At the same time, the teaching of Islam in schools was banned to minors.
What irked Islamists the most happened after Ataturk's death. In 1935, the official weekly day of rest, which had formerly been the Muslim sabbath of Friday, was abolished, and replaced with Sunday. The traditional family titles were replaced with western surnames and forenames.