yes, islam is a definite obstacle before turkey in becoming a member of the european union or a part of european civilization! not per se because it is a religion but because it is a weltanschauung, a way of looking at, mentally shaping and experiencing the world and because it is a comprehensive, pervasive and oppressive religious weltanschauung(*) permeating every iota of man's being, expropriating all aspects of individuation and hence, free thinking.
islam is representative of the a-mathematical and anti-mathematical modality of thinking typical to the orient. the orient cogitates without mathematics, or at least without proportion and relativity as an aspect of mathematical thinking. the orient, therefore, is not rational, the thinking of the orient is ordinal, i.e., it uses arithmetics to count and order things. since, without proper individuation and rationality, personality, too, can hardly develop, the oriental, is less an independent free human than a subject. after all, being muslim literally means to surrender.
since ordinal thinking is the motherlode of ordinal systems of living i.e., social organization, there are no "equal" beings in the orient either; just an escalation of people who must kow-tow to each higher echelon on the licking order. such systems are by nature military, and what a military system needs last is a "citizen", an able-minded, free thinking rational individual.
an ordinal system thrives on the number of able-bodied subjects who obey rather than think, who believe rather than question, who resign rather than organize and who live on the generosity of superiors rather than what is rightfully earned, instead of the supremacy of law where rights and duties are objectively defined, rather than by command. therefore, in the irrational orient, fealty counts, not merit. economy-wise, too, because a sense of proportion is not developed, it is not per capita wealth but a conspicious, imperial total of riches, which naturally collects and concentrates only at the top, that determines prosperity.
the orient wants soldiers instead of citizens. therefore, to the oriental mind, a large population is a sign of power because that mind is stuck in the ages when prosperity was the result of the spoils of war - war needed people who would die on the battlefield, thus also keeping the number of mouths to feed relatively under control. that is why, borrowing from judaism, which continuously needed a minimal population to survive, islam based its own human resource policy on a hadith that orders muslims to reproduce.
yes, there was a time during the capitalization of the occident, too, when a growing population was encouraged, because it was rational to have more hands to work the labor-intense mills of production and fight in the wars that were shaping the modern world. as technology reached certain levels where manpower was gradually replaced by machinery and computers later, and when it became obvious that another world war was quite unlikely, that rationality demanded a slow down in population growth which corresponded to an increase in proportional per capita wealth.
oh sure, the occident's cut down on reproduction has a significant aesthetic and hedonistic factor too, which the oriental culture lacks: fewer children means more free time for the adult individual to enjoy to pleasure.
in the meantime, the orient continued to fill its ranks with poor, unfed or malnourished, uneducated, unhealthy, unfree masses draining the already meager resources, even in the oil rich countries. and what did the politicians do? they encouraged the great unwashed to reproduce and multiply - obey the prophet's orders!
now, the man who thinks he is the latter day caliph of turkey has declared that his government will issue state (government?) support for families (meaning married couples) and more children (in arithmetic terms, more than two). even if that support realizes as tax cuts (which the great unwashed don't pay anyway) it means that i, a single, childless, high bracket wage earner, shall be paying more tax for the reproductive purposes of a poor, unproductive (which unfortunately is not synonymous with infertile), uncouth, rowdy, uneducated, unskilled, ignorant family of slobs at the expense of my welfare!
in other words, i shall be financing the pleasures of some stupid dude's wimpy penis!
no wonder rationalists in the islamic orient were called mut'azil, the isolated!
(*) for a good account of what weltanschauung is, read master sigmund freud's last chapter in the new introductory lectures (penguin freud library). even if you are one of the unfortunate souls who dis, mis or demi understands psychoanalysis, the reference should provide satisfying reading. here is a sample paragraph where the master defines weltanschauung:
‘weltanschauung’ is, i am afraid, a specifically german notion, which it would be difficult to translate into a foreign language. if i attempt to give you a definition of the word, it can hardly fail to strike you as inept. by weltanschauung, then, i mean an intellectual construction which gives a unified solution of all the problems of our existence in virtue of a comprehensive hypothesis, a construction, therefore, in which no question is left open and in which everything in which we are interested finds a place. it is easy to see that the possession of such a weltanschauung is one of the ideal wishes of mankind. when one believes in such a thing, one feels secure in life, one knows what one ought to strive after, and how one ought to organise one’s emotions and interests to the best purpose.