When is a chaplain not a chaplain?

Answer: When s/he is a ‘Life-Skills Assistant’

Iowa State Mulls a ‘Life-Skills Assistant,’ Not a Chaplain reports the Chronicle

Iowa State University’s Athletics Council has approved a plan to hire a “volunteer life-skills assistant” to provide religious counseling to players on the football team, in a way that officials said differs from the work of a chaplain, the Iowa State Daily reported. An original plan to hire a chaplain drew protests from faculty members who said it would violate a constitutional ban on government establishments of religion.

All very amusing in a “PC gone mad” kind of way. But why does the football team need its own religious counselling?

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