This is a sensitive topic, but I do feel strongly about it.
I think it’s important to realize what freedom of speech is and isn’t. While a more thorough overview is provided at uscourts.gov - the abridged version is that freedom of speech prohibits laws to be made that makes illegal our individual right to express our individual opinion in our individual space.
Freedom of speech does not, nor has it ever, given one the right to demand space in another persons or organizations space - nor has it protected ones personal right to advocate for unlawful or violent behavior.
Furthermore, freedom of speech has never protected us from potential consequences of that speech - legal or social.
The first amendment was very well crafted, and has been well defended over the years.
Part of what makes the first amendment great is that it gives you the freedom to express your dissatisfaction with current events without fear of reprisal for those words - but it does so in a way that gives those around you freedom to choose if they are going to listen to those words, or give them space to propagate.
As we see words and emotions fly around, it’s important to remember that a decision by one party (example: a social media platform) to not allow space for something they do not wish to support (example: a person inciting violence) is not only fully within their rights, but does not constitute censorship by most definitions. It’s purely them exercising their own rights - equally protected in this country.
These protections of rights - the ability for one party to decide for themselves if they will or will not provide space for another party - is something that Christians, particularly conservative Christians - have fought very hard for over the past 60 years.
In short, the actions this week -whether you agree with them or not- are not censorship by any draconian definition. Nor do they seem to indicate any greater cause for alarm.
No new precedents are being set on the part of those enforcing their platform terms.
Regarding your question about concern w/r/t censorship: No. Our church leadership isn’t concerned about censorship.
In fact, if we are concerned about anything it’s how we project love that is wide and deep enough to touch everyone, no matter where they may find their opinions of current national events.
People are hurt. We can help.
Regarding your question about alternate platforms: as Chris already noted, these video delivery platforms have always graciously allowed us space. There is no reason to assume that will change anytime soon.
If our current acceptance on some public platforms ever does change, there will certainly be many more services to rise and take their place.
If that is a risk you don’t feel you can take, it continues to be possible to build your own platform upon your hardware in your data centers. Those tools and skillsets are readily available to you should you feel the need to do so.
I know there is a lot of emotion coming out this week. People are nervous, jumpy, and uncertain what will happen next. That’s understandable.
But as you said, God is in control.
Keep heart - The Future is Good.