I tore apart our fontconfig packages (32 and 64 bit) and guess what? Yep, they provide a proper /etc/fonts/fonts.conf file with lots of stuff enabled. I know we had an X,org upgrade at one point. I wonder if that had something to do with replacing the file. In any case I definitely don't know the source of the problem and I think I need to ask the developers to take a look.
Sorry I wasn't helpful on this. I thought I could be.
eMachines EL-1300G desktop, 1.6GHz AMD Athlon 2650e CPU, 4GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 6150 SE video
CentOS 6.5 (will try VL64-7.1 soon)
Toshiba Satellite A135-S4727, Intel Pentium T2080 / 1.73 GHz, 2GB RAM, Intel GMA 950
HP Mini 110 netbook, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, Intel 950 video, VL 7.1