Self-censorship in the face of intimidation has another name: cowardice.
No human right is more important than free speech. Without it no other rights can be asserted and defended. Free speech—the right of anyone to criticize and evaluate the claims of anyone else—is the best environment for discovering political, social, economic, and scientific truths. Political, religious, and ideological absolutists cannot tolerate criticism that punctures and wounds their delusions and dogmas. They look for ways to shut the offensive speakers up, including murder….
It’s anti-science. It’s Papacy over Galileo. You are The Man.
The truth is rarely popular and seldom denied ere long it is spoken.