Dark ages. Over 100 years of fighting against heliocentricity. Over 150 years of fighting against biological evolution. Fighting stem cell research. Fighting global climate change. etc.<quoted text>
And how has the so called wild imaginings of the religious hurt science, or you for that matter?
"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry." (H.L. Mencken)