And Hector Avalos is in the middle of it again. The football coach at Iowa State wants to hire a chaplain for the team, paid for out of private funds, but a group of 100 faculty opposes the idea:
Coach Gene Chizik, hired last November, wants to hire a chaplain who would be paid by private donations. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard supports the plan because he contends student-athletes are under a lot of pressure and need access to spiritual guidance.
Faculty members behind the petition said hiring a chaplain is improper at a public university given the separation between church and state. And they said the move would favor Christianity over other religions.
“Are you going to have counseling for Jewish students? Muslim students? There’s no such thing as one religion or one version of Christianity,” said Hector Avalos, a professor of religious studies at Iowa State.
Sorry folks, you’re right on the ID issue but you’re wrong on this one. If the chaplain is paid for out of private funds, then Iowa State isn’t hiring him. There is nothing they can do to stop it, nor should there be.