Lawsuit: Feds Retaliated Against Navy Chaplain For Holding Mass During Government Shutdown

January 20, 2014 6:07 PM
Lawsuit: Feds Retaliated Against Navy Chaplain For Holding Mass During Government Shutdown
" Kings Bay, Georgia (CBS ATLANTA) – A Catholic Navy chaplain is the target of retaliation from the federal government after he refused to stop practicing religious services during the recent government shutdown, a lawsuit against the Department of Defense alleges.

Rev. Ray Leonard filed an initial lawsuit in October against the DOD after being threatened with arrest for performing Mass or entering the chapel at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia during the partial government shutdown in October. An amended complaint against the government from the Thomas More Law Center – representing Rev. Leonard – looks to protect him from further retaliation after his contract was later cancelled as no longer “valid.”

As a means of preventing future retaliation, the new complaint will continue despite the Department of Justice indicating that he could resume his duties as Navy Chaplain. Originally, Leonard was ordered to cease all duties at the Naval base during the partial government shutdown, even on a voluntary basis "

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