"As long as there is a major influence of religion in the world, we will still see the scientific community scrutinized and downplayed and fooling the less educated people into thinking that any life other than here on earth is non existent."
What? Where? I think you'll find that even if you straw-poll a highly religious nation where a sizable proportion of the population believes the Earth was made on a Tuesday a few thousand years ago*, then belief in life somewhere other than our own is a majority opinion.
You're basically bringing your anti-religion sentiment into a discussion that has nowt to do with religion.
Oh yeah: Even the Catholic Church is fine with aliens existing.