Something tells me this will not turn out well.....
Fantastic six minute video on recent laws passed in the Australian Capital Territory in Ozzie designed to make everyone so nervous they will not say anything critical of Islam. That wasn't how the law was worded of course, but that is the affect. Although we are told that we can discuss matters of doctrine as long as we don't smear people (really? What about those who follow that doctrine? I mean can we criticise this guy or would that be inciting hatred of a person or group that supports Sharia? I'm serious) in practise this has been shown to not be an adequate defence in law.
As Kirralie Smth mentions, “the two Dannies” involved in the State of Victoria hate speech case in 2002 were convicted even though they had proven that they had not said anything inaccurate - everything they said was true. I remember reading about the court case at the time. At one point some people laughed at a particular piece of Islamic doctrine and that was considered incitement. No, really. That's all it took for a prosecution and conviction.
While I understand the motive for the laws and acknowledge the permission given to criticise ideas without inciting hatred of peoples, such laws are extremely poorly thought out - a sledge hammer to crack a walnut - and simply have a chilling effect on free speech. An aggrieved person with financial means or connections could still take someone to court for a protracted, stressful and expensive legal battle knowing they won't, in the end, succeed. These laws have been abused as in the case of “the two Dannies”. There should be no place for them as currently crafted. We need more open discussion not less.
As the American Islamic Reform Movement motto goes:
"Ideas do not have rights, people have rights".