ACLU weighs in on ISU chaplain proposal
By ANDREW LOGUE
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
May 31, 2007
R. Ben Stone, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, sent a letter today to Iowa State University president Gregory Geoffroy regarding a proposal to use private money to make a chaplain available to Cyclone football players.
Stone also sent the letter to the Iowa State athletics council, which is looking into the matter.
?We simply would like to make our perspective known to the people making this decision,? Stone said.
?Obviously, for university students, it is really desirable that they have counseling available, advising available. Even psychological help if needed,? Stone said. ?It?s when you get in the area of religion that it?s really best left to the individual student to seek out their own spiritual guidance as they desire.?
Stone said it was the first time he has sent a letter to one of the state?s universities regarding a chaplain matter.
?If there was something going on in the past, it was never reported. We never knew about it,? Stone said. ?I heard years ago that (former Iowa basketball coach) Steve Alford had some kind of a chaplain, but I never learned enough about it. We weren?t able to learn more.?