I believe the credulous are right to hate and fear science. Not because science attacks religion. Science doesn't attack religion any more than the glacier attacks the mountain. However, over time, the glacier brings the mountain down, and its rivers carry away the remains.
Faith thrives in uncertainty. Science has given us control of the world, and decreased our hardship, our fear, our ignorance. With that control has come a concomitant increase in secularism, atheism, and freethinking.
Are all faithful fearful? No. But the trends are clear; most people only need a security blanket when they're afraid of the dark.