Don't listen to them, you're right. They prolly believe in the fairy tails about the terror of inquisition and the fact that Galileo Galilei was killed by it. The church indeed did support scientists; in fact, because of it members of the priesthood were the most educated men back in the day. Gosh, Pope Urban VIII actually was one of Galileo Galilei's biggest supporters, and the only reason why he called the "terrifying inquisitors" on his ass was because Galileo didn't prove what he said (his main message was: "Shit doesn't work the way you think it works, it works different. But I can't prove it, I just know it"). So obviously just because of the church's status they had to respond to this insult, so they locked him up... In a cardinal's house, where he leaved in luxury until he died from fever and heart palpitations!