Video: We Live in a Country Where Insults Are Illegal

With the arrests of three Twitter users for posting offensive comments online making headlines this week, it’s time to take action to protect free speech in Britain, and take a look back at one of the great successes we’ve already had in 2013.

In the summer of 2012, Reform Section 5 launched a campaign sponsored by the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society to remove language from Section 5 of the Public Order Act which criminalised “insulting words or behaviour”.  The campaign, led by such prominent figures as gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and actor Rowan Atkinson, finally succeeded in its goal of influencing the Home Office to remove the restrictive language from the Act.

In this dramatic and disturbing video, Reform Section 5 makes the case for free speech in Britain and makes a compelling case for thick-skinned society throughout the free world.