In our increasingly censored society, an interesting avenue for expression is gaining traction—long-form interviews on podcasts. Surprisingly, those leading the charge seem to be comedians. Perhaps it is not so surprising after all. It seems that in the past few years, we’ve lost two major things as a society: our ability to converse and our ability to relax and have fun. We yearn to have those two things restored. Historically, we usually find that it is creative people that bring society’s flaws to the forefront, subsequently reorienting us in a better direction. It is not politicians, scientists, or CEOs that create love and beauty and compassion. It is musicians, comedians, painters, and storytellers who do this. It is artists who bring about real change.
You bring up a lot of good points here with censorship, but I'm going to play Devil's advocate on your position.
What would you say if I replied, "Hasn't the Catholic Church practiced censorship throughout its history?"
What about 100 years prior to Martin Luther, The Church burned Jan Hus advocating for communion in both kinds, which the memory of what happened to Hus caused Luther to refrain from public debate during the reformation?
Didn't the Church have an Index of forbidden books?
One might argue that this idea of freedom of conscience and the dignity of conscience is a Classical Liberal idea, but traditionally the Church has promoted "error has no rights."
How would you respond?