"Galileo was censured by the church, and he's far from the only example. When the church would claim dominion over that which rightfully belongs to science, then atheists have every right to be angry at it for preventing human advancement. Would we have ever landed on the moon if the church had kept convincing everyone the Earth was flat?”
Galileo wasn’t an atheist. When the Roman Catholic church confined him to house arrest he protested, “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” Also, almost everyone (including scientists) believed that the earth was flat (except theist, Christopher Columbus and some others). And don’t forget that the men who landed on the moon read Genesis chapter one from space, and just before the landing they took communion and thanked God for sending a Savior. The president of American Atheists, Inc., at the time tried to sue NASA for reading their reading of the Bible, but it was thrown out of court.