an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college,etc., or to a military unit.
a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an organization or at an assembly.
It is of course also unsurprising that the PC chowderheads at Stanford University hired an atheist chaplain. Not an atheist counselor. Not an atheist therapist. An atheist chaplain.
You can't, as they say, make this stuff up. Hire someone as an advisor on religious studies who disavows religion in toto. Maybe they will search the Tea Party for someone to advise a leftist student organization. Or hire Joe Torre to manage their chemistry department.
The prime chowderhead in this story would appear to be Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life at Stanford University.
It does remind one, yet again, that people like Scotty McLennan (or Hector Avalos) should look up the term "useful idiot." If the gnu atheists win the day, there will be no more Departments of Religion or Deans for Religious Life. Something to look forward to, actually, in a "silver lining" sort of way.