There is an old Tamil film released back when I was only about a year old, titled Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu. Literally, that translates to "Red is the Color of Poverty." At the very end of the movie (after the story formally really resolves, so to speak), the main character -- played by fellow Desi atheist, Kamal Hassan -- is working in a barber shop and he receives a customer. Well, that scene is also the film's cameo for legendary Tamil comedy actor, "Thengai" (yes, as in coconut) Srinivasan, so viewers know ahead of time that the film would be closed off with a comedy scene. During the shave, there is idle chatter between the barber and the client, and our hero barber character reveals that he actually went to graduate school and earned a Master's Degree in philosophy. The comedy that ensues is that the client runs in fear presuming that the fact that his barber is an educated man means he's out to murder him. Because... that's what educated people do?
Well, Bruce Lee also had a Master's Degree in philosophy, so maybe he was making some assumption about Kamal Hassan being a fearsome martial arts master. Sure. That makes perfect sense.
It's an odd sentiment, though... that educated people... the intelligentsia of the world... are somehow the problem individuals. What exactly do they think will happen? Last I recall, it's those who are uneducated who tend to be dangerous. I've never heard of a scientist who killed church officials for spreading lies about science. Sure, there was that one mathematician who engaged in a 17-year long bombing campaign, but you can't trust those darn mathematicians, anyway ;-). But nonetheless, there's a common cultural sentiment here. There's a common response I get from fundies whenever I write about knowledge, education, being scientifically literate, etc. It is the admonishment that I'm some evil elitist. By subscribing to this sort of meritocratic philosophy centered around knowledge and the advancement thereof, I and other literati like myself therefore profess a sort of cold-blooded elitism, and that makes them a threat to the "average" person.
Call me crazy... but I would rather have the average of tomorrow be roughly equal to the borderline genius of today, and if that makes me a threat to the "average" person today, then that's a good thing.