Religious people often equate Science with scientists, as evidenced by the over-worn expression, "Scientists are undermining religion".
This confuses the message with the messenger.
It was not Galileo's fault that the earth traveled around the sun, yet he was persecuted as if he purposefully undermined God by looking closely at His works.
It was not Darwin's fault that natural selection explained the biological world so well that it could be strengthened by decades of intense scientific scrutiny across multiple disciplines, yet he is treated as a target by comical agenda-driven bumpkins that want their ill-formed opinions to be worshiped on bended knees.
Religion often intentionally impedes knowledge, as in the case of embryonic stem cell research, but what is an example in the other direction?
At the heart of America is the idea of Freedom, and it is expressed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights as the belief that Man is free when the shackles of authority are removed from his mind and he is guided by Reason and Common Sense.