1. Understand that the influence isn't stopped by saying a religious institution can't speak about a political matter. 2. Separation of church and state was input to stop the churches influence but to prevent a state church, or punishment from the govt for being affiliated with a specific church. It was never to stop the churches influence. 3. If other organizations that are tax exempt get the ability to express their right to free speech and their opinion then religious institutions should be able to. 4. Morality isn't legislated or taught through congress or laws, but through religious institutions and the home.