"The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities — perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there."
- Karl Popper in "Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge" (1963)
Science is not basically against religions at all. Science and religions as forms of philosophy and human wisdom have no conflict of interests whatsoever. Science and religions do clash, however, whenever unsupported claims about the physical reality are made.
Unfortunately, in their quest to differentiate from other human ideologies, almost all modern religions have learned to use claims of supernatural origins and supernatural knowledge of physical environment as even their major selling points.
These claims of the supernatural are and will be a cause of friction between religions and science as long as religions do maintain them. However, it is quite possible for religions to live without depending on supernatural claims. For example, the West-European Lutheran state-churches have quietly been dropping their most outrageous supernatural claims for a long time.
They just have had to learn to live side by side with science. They had had to do it when the benefits brought about by the advance of science are extremely easy to anyone to see in these advanced societies, but the benefits brought about by religions are much harder to spot.
When religions do drop their supernatural claims the clash with science will go away; it is simple as that. Unfortunately, just these claims have formed the base for their excuses for a privileged position in societies where they operate. This habit of supernatural claims is extremely hard to give up.
The thing just cannot e the other way around. Science just cannot give up its demands for reliability of information and falsifiability of theories just to please people who happen to believe in unreliable information and unfalsifiable theories. There just would be no real science after that.
It is possible, however, if religions just are content to offer their ideas (and services) as sources of human solace and comfort in the hectic modern world.
I would like to add that science is open to everything that can be somehow proven to exist. If it is, for example, proven that people can move things with their 'mind-energy', scientific community will do its utmost to understand how and why this thing works. Great rewards will wait a person who can show this thing to work and even greater the ones who can explain it.
However, until a phenomena can be reliably to work in controlled conditions, people who believe in the existence must learn to live with the fact that science is solidly against their pet ideas. The real wonder of science is that the instant that this phenomena are proven to exist, science will turn around, as there just is no absolute and unmovable truths in science.
Of course, there are paradigms and inertia of tradition, as in every field of human life. There are also charlatans, who use the science just as a tool in their hoaxes. All that is claimed to be science is not science. Science does hold a privileged position in human endeavour in that its central and basic findings are not mere opinions. They can be verified by anybody with the right tools. It can be done even by those who do not agree with these findings, if they really would want to do it.
Those who want us to believe that there is something that cannot be seen, touched or measured with any conceivable means known to man do not like the idea that there really now are limits what can be passed as "knowledge". This often pisses them off even in a grand way.
Theists have had the field totally for themselves in Europe for one and a half millennium after early Christians did destroy and hide evidence for any dissenting ideas. Also in places like India the pressure from majority has been immense on people who have not believed that people should believe in something that cannot ever to be proven to exist.
Theist have had ample time to develop immensely complicated and complex systems to hide away the fact that they are just offering human opinions. They have had a good time to sell their ideas as something 'divine' and 'deeper' and 'more meaningful' as some other ideas human. They have, in fact, been busy erasing these other ideas from public knowledge for a very long time.
Theist often do find science and scientific thinking utterly frustrating. In the stark and revealing light of modern science, they do not find a way to peddle their 'divine' ideas as 'ultimate truths´ anymore. Theist just must learn to live with the idea that more and more people do not see the need believe in their ideas anymore. This just is too much for many of the theists.
A fact of life is that the mere public doubting of theistic ideas does really weaken their impact on people. This process will weaken the earthly powers that these ideas do have in society and theists do not normally like this at all.
I well understand when people who have tied their whole idea of their self to these antiquated ideas feel that they are offended by science. They very often also completely fail to see that their ideologies are just a form of human ideas and nothing more. It is often hard to remember that theism just not is a genetic property of any person, but always a learned thing.There is also an incredible amount of people who make a lot of very good money from religions, the 'New-Age' pseudo-science and plain hoaxes.
Naturally everything in this world needs not to be science or based on scientific way of thinking. Imagination and fiction like ancient myths are extremely important parts of human experience. They just need to be acknowledged to be such to be appreciated as what they really are. However, all too often people with fantastic ideas try to sell their ideas as some kinds of 'truths' or even market them as science. Cloaking ideas as science just gives an aura of respectability that mere fiction does not carry.
In an open society, people must be allowed to believe in anything that they would ever want to believe. However, problems do arise when things that are in conflict with known and established scientific facts are asserted as 'truths' that do override the known and established scientific facts.
Of course, people can well continue in believing in things that clash with scientific knowledge and science should have no problems with that. These people just must learn to live with the fact that people with knowledge of scientific inquiry will not accept these things as any kinds of 'truths', but as opinions. People well can have many kinds of different opinions and scientific world itself is full of controversies.
However, if people who believe unscientific claims make these claims publicly and most of all if they try to convince other people of the absolute truth-value of some unscientific ideas, they will inevitably face opposition from people who are familiar with scientific way of thinking.
If you do not believe in science in the first place, the opposition from the scientific world of course does not really matter to you personally. Unfortunately for these people this opposition does make propagating and selling unsupported ideas much more difficult. This is true, as very many people already rate science as the most important source of reliable information that we currently have.