I think the point of the segment was that people were not allowed to think for themselves...
So? Same thing today. Nothing new under the sun. But that isn't science
content! I don't think Sagan would have put it in the show. Original Cosmos was packed with science content, edge to edge. (Well, except for one 20 second statement that was wildly speculative, and not labelled as such.) I think Tyson failed to object, or object strongly enough, out of deference to Druyan.
I'd like to point out that religion often fears, ignores, discounts, or banishes science.
Ignore: No problem.
Discount: It's a free country.
Banish: Now yer stepping on some toes.
Burn people at the stake: Enough to convert me to atheism.
Science can not, by it's very nature, ignore nor fear religion.
You lost me. Science, by it's very nature, is supposed
to ignore religion.
Science should not
fear religion, but I don't see how scientists
can realistically avoid it.