Freedom manifesto!

The foundation of all freedom

Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a democratic society. It is the most important of all freedoms. It is the foundational freedom upon which every other right we enjoy - from the right to vote to the right to protest - is built. Without the freedom to think, write, publish, depict and debate as we see fit, all our political and social rights become meaningless.

Masters of our own minds

Freedom of speech makes us morally autonomous. It allows us to use our moral and mental muscles, to decide for ourselves, through discussion, debate and argument, what is a good idea and what is a bad one. It makes man the master of his own mind and fate, rather than allowing the authorities to treat us as infants by determining on our behalf what we may read, think and believe.

The midwife of enlightenment

Freedom of speech is the best guarantor of getting to the truth of a matter. Where censorship discourages debate in favour of silencing the allegedly offensive or hateful opinion, freedom of speech insists on holding people to account for their beliefs and challenging their claims in the public sphere. It is the midwife of enlightenment where censorship fuels only an unquestioning approach, and ultimately ignorance.

No censorship - ever

Freedom of speech must never be restricted. No state bans, no hate-speech legislation, no libel laws, no restrictions on the press, no mob pressure on people to conform to modern orthodoxies. For attacks on freedom of speech do not only commit the bad-enough offence of preventing someone from saying what he believes - they also reduce the rest of us to the level of children through blocking our eyes and ears, degrading our moral autonomy, stifling truth-seeking, and elevating stupidity over enlightenment.

Free speech now!

Freedom of speech makes us free. It makes us fully human, through allowing our minds to work and our views to matter. We are absolutely committed to breathing life back into this essential freedom, to fighting against all forms of censorship and intolerance, to ensuring that everyone - regardless of their viewpoint - enjoys the freedom to express themselves and to enter into the truth-determining fray of public life. We want free speech now, with no ifs, buts, erming, ahhing, restrictions, restraints or delay.

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2215 people have signed up!

  • Tony Dean, Taxi Driver, UK

    As a BNP member married to a Thai Lady , I support the values of free speech for everyone

  • Adam Conroy, Student Second-Level teacher., Ireland

    As a trainee teacher I totally support the effort to preserve free speech.

  • Hannah Baker, Waitress, Australia

    Those who convey stupid ideas and arguments, don't have the right to not be closely examined. They do not have the right to detract from other people's legitimate arguments by shouting 'offence' and 'vilification!'. Stupidity should not be protected. Stupidity should not be protected by the current Australian RDA that has the power to legally silence someone should they cause offence by expressing a 'bad opinions'. Stupidity should not be silenced by the growing Australian community belief that being offended/insulted is a legitimate justification for physically harmful backlash. I support total freedom on speech.

  • Nikolai Doil, Germany

    "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." Mark Twain

  • Deborah Robertson, Full time carer, United Kingdom

    Thank you for your work. Freedom of speech underpins all aspects of civilised life. I am furious that politicians and the media in the UK are not standing up to the Islamist lobby and their enablers, the regressive left. This country has already internalised an Islamic blasphemy code. There is so much now, that we dare not say or do. We pretend it's out of "tolerance" and "sensitivity to other cultural values". It is not. It is fear of Muslim violence. A well founded one. Long live Western Civilisation and long live free speech!

  • Robert Hutchings, self Employed, United Kingdom

    It should be the right of any person who perceives an injustice or misperception to have the right of Free Speech in order to garner support to redress these iniquities.

  • Antony Gaffney, Retired, England

    Freedom to criticise religion (without hate) is especially important because in Britain today there is a self imposed de-facto sharia blasphemy law operating in regard to Islam (due to fear)-this requires a constant challenge

  • scott Craig , Parliament, uk

    Freedom cannot be when some are censored or censured into silence.

  • Ian Foster, United States

    Great site

  • Peter Lewis, Retired university lecturer; elected County Councillor, UK

    Without free speech we have no university. Questions are at the heart of study and there are diverse answers in many instances. That is the joy of dialogue.

  • Roger Clague, Retired teacher, United Kingdom

    Question everything Ban nothing

  • Peter Riches, Iceni Enterprises, Philippines

    Free speech rocks!

  • Tony Dear, Retired, Australia

    I support freedom of all kinds of speech, including hate speech, but undertake to avoid hate speech myself.

  • Colin Turpin, Retired, UK

    When I was young we used to say "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me!" Whatever happened to that???


Other signatories include:

Mike Robson, United Kingdom • yuki kappes, Germany • Patrick Selden, United Kingdom • Mercedes Carbonell, spain • Nikhil Amarnath, India • Jennifer Flowers, Australia • Deborah Robertson, United Kingdom • David Bastable, Canada • Arthur Disbury, England • Andreas Hermann, Sweden • Massimo Butti, UK • John Arnold, UK • Thomas Murphy, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus • Desidério Murcho, Brazil • Billy Corr, Libya • Kristian Niemietz, UK • Paul Wieczorek, United Kingdom • Caroline Kitchens, United States • Shaun Forrest, U.K. • Robert Greenwood, UK • Richard  Palmer, UK • Steven Smyth, England • Rob Chilton, Canada • Michael Hathaway, United Kingdom • Tony Murray, Ireland • Colin Peterson, Canada • David West, UK • Andrew Weeks, Australia • Robert Singleton, United States • Al  Stevens, The world... • Matthew Hodgins, United States • Alex Ward, United States • Anon Anon, USA • Robert Spiers, UK • Pete Marshall, UK • Kaye Azrall, Philippines • Martha Brown, UK • Simon Talbot, España • Catherine Allinson, United Kingdom • Alan Robb, UK • Martin Pule, UK • Robin Peters, UK • Melanie Lynn, Australia • Dr Andrew  Campbell , Australia • William Fleming, United Kingdom • Nabin Bhaumik, India • Deborah Robertson, United Kingdom • Bethan Smith, UK • Laurence Morris, UK • Evan Thomas, USA/UK • David Hudson, United Kingdom • Will Crook, Uk • Viv Muldrew, United Kingdom • Margaret Bohannon-Kaplan, USA • Jeffrey Favorite, USA • Philip Davies, uk • Ben Eshchar, Israel • Vernon Warner, UK • John Brigham, US • Tam Connors-Sadek, UK • Richard Bassett, United Kingdom • MARK WANSTALL, UK • Edward Cline, USA • John Denis Standeven, UK • Alan Purvis, Australia • Chris Irvine, UK • Jackson Boon,  • Luqman Bashir, United Kingdom • Bryan Stewart, Bulgaria • Roger Pearse, United Kingdom • Philip  Northfield , United Kingdom • edi vaché, us of a • Clara Cullen, UK • Richard Ashton, UK • David Scruby, UK • Shira Whitney, Israel • STEVCHE RISTEVSKI, AUSTRALIA • Teresa Hermiz, United States • Jun Miyawaki, Japan • Steven  McCrady, UK • Louis Marriott, France • Brent Cameron, Canada • Johannes Richardt, Germany • Clarissa Clement, United Kingdom • Jose Belderrain, Brazil • R. Calarese, United States • Martin Llewellyn, Canada • Iris Ambor, Israel • Finn Kjær Jensen, Denmark • Kieran Nial, UK • Alan Charles Kors, USA • Alistair Gordon, England • Dr B Redfearn, Isle of Man, British Isles • Clayton Stonecipher, United States • Ivor Jones, United Kingdom • Laird Wilcox, United States • Sam Gill, United Kingdom • Alan White, U.K.
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