Bateman is a minister and outreach program director at Healing Streams Word and Worship Center. He is working to develop a community development corporation so the church can broaden its capacity to help the community.
"My passion has always been to help others and the community by giving them the tools they need to be self-sufficient," Bateman said in a press release. "That's why community development will be my major focus on the council."
I personally believe that ministers have no business holding public office. They demonstrate time and time again that they are unable to separate their role as a religious leader from their role as a public official. And what's this talk of him developing "a community development corporation so the church can broaden its capacity to help the community." Isn't a community development corporation a quasi-governmental body?
Democrats in South Bend are already ruing their decision to appoint minister Timothy Rouse to its city council. He quickly used his new role as the city's common council president to block the mayor's proposal there to adopt a human rights ordinance barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The South Bend HRO lost by one vote. Does anyone believe that Bateman would have cast a vote in favor of Indy's HRO had he been in that seat instead of Steve Tally. Remember, the Indy HRO passed by just one vote.