Evil perpetuated by the Church with the state nodding approval went beyond the terrible things done to so-called wayward children (who often did nothing) ... mixed race children suffered terribly ... video from The Guardian.
If the people were consistent in their rejection of science, the world would be a very different place. The Industrial Revolution would have stalled in the early 1800s, no green revolution, no modern medicine - very little of what we have today. The average lifespan would probably be where it was back then - 35 to 40 years.
One can only conclude some of the Republicans don't think and others are motivated by greed. It isn't clear what kind of Republican Scott Pruitt is in .. possibly both.