Q606: What is the law on racial and religious hatred and hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation?
Basically, the law is as follows:
It is an offence to use threatening behaviour or words which are intended to stir up religious hatred or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. The law covers the spoken word and written material, including plays, recordings, visual images or audio sounds.
The legislation makes specific mention that the law does not affect freedom of speech and that it is still permissible to criticise, discuss or dislike a religious belief system or sexual orientation.