Last year many prominent national church leaders risked their exempt tax status to promote Donald Trump’s presidential run, despite the then-impossible odds. Miracles still happen. He won.His promised presidential edict has now temporarily disabled the Johnson Law and has restored the American clergy’s free speech rights.Long gagged, and many of the clergy have yet to take advantage of it. They have but three to seven years to influence future elections and speak out on legislation including repeal of the Johnson law. A new president, with a stroke of a pen, may well reinstate the Johnson law, unless repealed.Churches have an opportunity to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs. Providence has provided that opportunity. Grasp it. Give thanks for the freedom to influence the future, including the likely retention of clergy’s freedom of speech.Wallace J. HughesCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerican churches have temporarily regained their freedom of speech, enabled once again to provide the guidance that once contributed to the formation of our nation and is required to maintain it.The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious.U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution and Christian heritage corroded due to church muzzling legislation. Long ago, President Johnson signed into law legislation to deny tax-free status and financially punish the clergy and their churches if they chose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation. Repeal is essential.