The move comes after a number of high profile cases involving
believers reached the courts - including former Islington council
registrar Lilian Ladelle.
The public hearings, scheduled to last for about three months
this autumn, will invite peers and politicians to examine
legislation on hate crime and equality and evaluate whether changes
are needed, The Guardian report.
The inquiry is the brainchild of Christian MP Gary Streeter who
chairs the cross-party group Christians in Parliament.
Streeter said the panel would invite submissions from legal
professionals, businesses, individuals and social policy groups
from faith and non-faith backgrounds.
"The outcome of our inquiry might be that the law needs to be
nudged back in certain areas and we won't shy away from saying so,"
"The public at large don't care what we do but, in the Christian
community, there is a measure of concern about the issue. They will
be pleased to see Christian parliamentarians doing something. They
will be pleased to receive some reassurance that the fear whipped
up is not necessary.
"It's only people of the Christian faith running up into the
law; secularists aren't doing that. We are not putting one group of
people above one another."
Earlier this month, PinkPaper.com reported that the Equality and
Human Rights Commission suggested there should be a compromise
between gay equality and religious exemption.
The equality watchdog claimed that judges have interpreted
equality law "too narrowly" and suggest that they should
accommodate both sides more.