Thursday, February 02, 2012

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction On Promotions Of Non-Liturgical Navy Chaplains

In In re: Navy Chaplaincy, (D DC, Jan. 30, 2012), the D.C. federal district court denied a preliminary injunction in an Establishment Clause challenge to the Navy Chaplain Corps’ selection board process for voting on the promotion of chaplains. Plaintiffs claimed that the process favors Catholic and liturgical Protestant chaplains, while leaving non-liturgical chaplains underrepresented in the Navy.  The court held that plaintiffs lack standing because they have failed to show that they will suffer an injury. Also they have not shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits: "plaintiffs have submitted no evidence from which the court could assume that the future promotion boards will follow any putative pattern of alleged past discrimination." (See prior related posting.)