With profound influence, comes profound changes. Whether those changes are good or bad is always up for debate.
But religion, right from the start has a history of 'executing' dissenters. The most notable execution of a dissenter appears to be Jesus.
Many scientists and free thinkers were not only executed by the religion of the day, they were tortured in hideous ways to try to get the "blasphemer" to admit that the popular religious thought of the time is the only way to think.
Advancement of society has come at a very high price. Religions to this day have dogma that calls for the execution (or condemnation) of "scientists", witches, research (fetal cell research comes to mind), reproductive rights (abortion), health (anti-vaxers), sexuality (LGBT), even executions for those that eat pork and shellfish!
Religionists go to great lengths to enforce their way of thinking by trying to dictate to governments and legal efforts. They desire control over the populace in order to justify the irrational thoughts in their heads.
Religion constantly wants to control the very thoughts of its followers. You must read this book (and no others), you must vote a certain way, you must prepare your food a certain way, you must pray for continuous forgiveness of your "sins".
And the religion gets to dictate what is a "sin" and what isn't. Even down to how two people have sex in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
I can't imagine even wanting that much control over people! But some "leaders" do want that sort of control and they achieve it through religious demands.
Until one throws off the extreme heavy collar of religious dogma, society will not advance properly. Religion is so restrictive that proper research and new ideas are generally forbidden!
I actually hate the word "abomination", but that is what religion is, an abomination, a blight on the minds of the Earth citizens.