Because religions have a lot of power over people and society, just look at the political victories of the religious right, it is imperative that they be held accountable in regards to the fulfillment of their promises. We can't make them prove, for example, that Christians will have mansions in heaven as John 14:2 has Jesus promising. But we can make them prove such things as the Bible promise of faith healing.
The fraud of faith healing is very easy to prove. The Biblical promise to people that Christians will be able to heal the sick through prayer has never been proven even though it is daily preached and taught as if it is a reality. It is morally wrong for the clergy to continue to promote the Bible as the word of God and as the best source for truth? Religions should not be exempt from scrutiny simply because they are religions. This causes real harm to both individuals and to society. In fact, it is causing the death of innocent children in the United States every month. Parents and guardians who sincerely believe the Bible is the word of God read the false Bible promises such as Mark 16:18 and James 5:14-15 and attempt to put these deadly superstition based Bible promises into action. When they do this children die.
Romania is considering fining witches and fortune tellers who make false predictions. In South Africa a Christian church was forced to stop its advertising campaign because it promised to heal people of everything from cancer to AIDS. The U.S. should consider such safeguards against ignorance and superstition. This would not only stop charlatans like the comical yet dangerous Ernest Angley, but it would make sincere Christians stop and THINK about their beliefs in the Bible and Christianity. As a former Christian who is now a Deist I know the Bible and Christianity can't stand up to independent thought and God-given reason. This would go a long way in yanking the teeth from the religious right as it would destroy their source of income as individuals awaken to the fraud. As Arthur Schopenhauer said, "A man cannot serve two masters: so it is either reason or the scriptures."