Tuesday, March 01, 2016
City-County Council Unanimously Approves Appointment Of Full-Time Minister As Deputy Mayor Of Neighborhoods
Imagine the reaction if a white Republican mayor appointed a white minister of a conservative, all-white church as his deputy mayor of neighborhoods and told him he could keep his full-time pastor job while pulling down a full-time salary as a deputy mayor. The Indianapolis Star would be editorializing daily, and Matthew Tully and Tim Swarens would be cranking out regular columns condemning the unethical and untenable relationship resulting from the mayor's appointment until he relented and withdrew the appointment. Oh, hypocrisy knows no bounds when it comes to our liberal friends who can't hate enough on conservative, white Christians.
Mayor Joe Hogsett appointed Rev. David Hampton, the senior pastor of the Light of the World Church, an all-black Christian church, as his deputy mayor of neighborhoods. Rev. Hampton is not giving up his full-time ministry job at one of the city's largest black churches. He will continue in that role while pulling down his six-figure salary as a full-time deputy mayor. I ask if it is even remotely possible for Rev. Hampton to serve two masters. Not a single member of the City-County Council had the courage last night to question the efficacy of this arrangement as they voted unanimously to approve his appointment without debate. Committee members in the Administration & Finance Committee never even questioned him about his dueling, conflicting roles. The same liberal council members who bash conservative Christians daily on social media gushed over Rev. Hampton's appointment.