Why is this important to us as Catholics? The freedom of speech, the right to gather together, the freedom from government intervention in religion, are all connected at the hip. With a constraint on speech goes the right to whom we are allowed to speak. With the abridgement of the right to assembly and speech, those are the cornerstones of the public practice of our Faith. The right to be unknown gives a voice to the most timid among us that may just be stepping out onto the stage of debate. The free exchange of ideas, for the proud and the weak, should not be regulated in any way by government law, but by the free-market of ideas. This is perhaps the most feasible way to have justice in speech.
I close with a passage from the New Catholic Dictionary, by no means authoritative, but perhaps with insight:
“Both Church and State have a right to censor the speech and the writings of their subjects. This right, however, should be exercised with great care. Censorship may lead to spreading information in ways doing more harm than would the open discussion of such facts; and the suppression of open discussion may lead to underground discontent resulting in ultimate revolt. Particularly in the political field, where there is usually room for difference of opinion, freedom of speech and of the press is likely to act as a safety valve, and be the lesser of two evils. Progress frequently comes from the clash of opinions. Governments, civil and ecclesiastical, may wisely adopt something of God's tolerance.”
Lets be careful and watch this one.
New Catholic Dictionary
(Afterthought: I would also contend that if a Democratic controlled Congress or a Democrat president had done this, Republicans and the like would be hopping mad. We need to be vigilant not to just let the power corrupt absolutely as we cheer our candidate. I still believe in the President, but I cannot approve of this action.)