We’d think notorious Christian campaigner Peter Madden’s latest video was simply laughable if it wasn’t so toxic.
The right-wing activist – who earlier this year ran for election in Sydney for the Christian Democrats with an anti-Mardi Gras policy and picked up very few votes – is now targeting the marriage equality debate as Christian groups fear its getting closer to becoming law.
In a weird video tour of central Sydney in which Madden visits the hospital’s Sexual Health Centre among several well-known city locations – and at one point almost gets hit by a bright yellow motorbike – the preacher is deeply concerned about Julia Gillard’s marriage policy. Who isn’t?
Is our ‘traditional’ man-woman marriage law really discriminatory, he ponders. “Let me ask you – is it discrimination that a brother can’t marry his sister, a father his daughter, a 12-year-old boy marry a 12-year-old girl, or God forbid, an animal lover marry his dog?”
Madden is drumming up support for a ‘Stand 4 Marriage Rally’ in Martin Place on the day of the ALP Annual Conference. However, his last rally, on Mardi Gras Parade night, attracted only a few dozen timid attendees who winced as he yelled at them through his loudhailer. Meanwhile, gay marriage advocates are expecting thousands of supporters from across Australia to join them in Hyde Park on the same day – Saturday December 3.
Discover the “gay lobby’s real agenda” as Peter Madden takes you on a ranty romp around central Sydney…
Peter Madden’s anti-gay antics have been so rotten this year that even has own brother has spoken out against his behaviour.
Young gay Christian Sydneysider Sam Grebert – a member of the Freedom 2 Be organisation, says he’s also troubled by Madden’s campaigning.
“I think it is easy to look at Peter Madden and simply laugh at his videos,” he tells Same Same. “But sadly, there are many closeted LGBT people in Churches across Australia watching these videos and feeling a sense of isolation, shame and fear.
“Whilst there are still a minority of conservative people like Peter Madden out there, the growing majority of Christians are supportive of equality for all people despite orientation, race, colour and gender – these people do embrace the true message of Jesus Christ: Love.”