Self-confessed Christian hypocrite vows to unseat the Lord Mayor of Sydney

MEET Pastor Peter Madden. He is a former sex addict who doesn’t much like gays, and as a Christian Democrat plans to depose the “hypertolerant” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

Pastor Peter Madden vows to "clean up" Sydney. Photo Justin Lloyd

According to this report Madden is a former sex addict who’s slept with dozens of women, including prostitutes.

Yesterday, at the launch of his campaign to “knock Clover Moore off her perch”, Madden admitted that, even after he became a Christian pastor, he visited brothels and struggled with a pornography addiction.

He then accused participants in Sydney’s famous gay and lesbian Mardi Gras of being “sexually immoral” – but said his own past made him a hypocrite.

I’m not proud . . . because I was living a hypocritical life. I struggled with that [a sex addiction] even through my ministry years, I am quite open and honest about that.

It was something I found profoundly difficult to overcome, it was through Christianity that I overcame that.

Clover Moore

Madden also targeted Prime Minister Julia Gillard, asking:

Are we happy that a self-professed atheist in a de facto relationship sits in the seat of power?

He said his campaign would be an “antidote” to Clover Moore’s “hypertolerance”.

Since “recovering from his sex addiction”, Madden has sold 300,000 copies of Christian books he has authored and been a pastor in churches in Sydney and San Francisco.

Last year Clover Moore successfully introduced a Bill allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in NSW.

Hat tip: Bill Murray

18 responses to “Self-confessed Christian hypocrite vows to unseat the Lord Mayor of Sydney”

  1. I hope that “recovering from his sex addiction” thing works out for him, especially if it is achieved using faith-based techniques.

  2. mikespeir says:

    You can be sure all that sex addiction stuff is behind him now. Jesus has healed him. There won’t be any embarrassing bombshell revelations in 3…2…1….

  3. Marcus says:

    Take one look at his picture and ask yourself, would I buy a second-hand car from this man?

  4. barriejohn says:

    “Imagine a Sydney Without People Enjoying Themselves”!

  5. L.Long says:

    Lets see here…I had great fun phucking the shit out of numerous women,
    I replaced this addition with an other addition (jepus), and now want every one else to stop having fun too!!
    OK! I guess that makes perfect sense. When is the election?

  6. Mad Max says:

    Hopefully the good people of Sydney have enough intelligence to prevent this moron from ever having any kind of real political power. We don’t want Australia turning into a southern hemisphere version of the US Bible Belt.

  7. Broga says:

    OK, the man is a hypocrital, on the make, religious nutter and we should, and don’t, regard him as other than that. However, he does raise one of the usual, and unjustified, christian complaints. This is:

    (a) an atheist in a position of power is, without question or discussion, a bad situation; we know a declared atheist has zilch chance, at present, of being elected President in the USA;

    (b) a devout christian is assumed to be ideal material for high political office.

    You might think that George Bush, waiting to be transported into heaven and the mendacious Blair – and how many thousands have borne the pain from that pair – might make even christians pause. Or what about Ratzi? Seems not. But I think attitudes are changing.

  8. Har Davids says:

    He also wants to get rid of bike-lanes, because they seem to to kill something of someone. He should join up with the crazy who wants to islamise Australia. Together, they’ll make it a fun place to live.

  9. Stonyground says:

    Interesting the way that a healthy and normal interest in sex is demonised according to this guy’s worldview. Provided that it is carried out responsibly between consenting adults, what is wrong with having as much sex as you can cope with? The same thing applies to pornography. He would be far better off ditching Christianity and its diseased view of human nature.

  10. Andrew Skegg says:

    Oh please pastor, save us from tolerance, equal rights, and parties.

  11. The Woggler says:

    Madden has one of those faces you just feel like punching.

  12. ZombieHunter says:

    Am I the only one who thinks sex addiction is totally made up?? I mean along with video game addiction and porn addiction it really is a total sham invented by frauds who want to make money “curing” people.

    Then of course with the whole tiger woods thing, it’s easier to forgive an addict with a problem than it is a cheating bastard if you get what I mean.

  13. JohnMWhite says:

    Since sex involves the pleasure centres of the brain, and since sexuality is given an inherent ‘naughty’/danger value in our culture, it does not seem unreasonable that it could form an addiction rather like gambling. But it certainly wouldn’t be the first case of someone pretending to have previously been depraved for the sake of selling a story about the healing power of Jesus.

  14. NeoWolfe says:

    I feel a certain kinship with Madden, as I am also a pervert. I sat down with a piece of paper and a pen in my early thirties, to try to recall all the women I boinked. If I remember correctly, the tally was thirty two. Not that impressive. But, I never cheated in a committed relationship.

    But, I wonder, did Madden ever sleep as a teenager, in the top bunk? And did he ever have to clean his spuz off the ceiling? Alas, nowadays, I just drizzle.

    I wonder what he would have us do to return to our fundy roots. Should we burn a witch, or imprison a shopkeeper for working on the sabbath?

    I don’t call myself atheist, but, I think that responsible positions, both public and private are best occupied by freethinkers. We are the solution.


  15. Robster says:

    This twit has just removed himself from consideration by about 91% of his (potential) constituency. 9% of Australians in the last census admitted they had attended church in the previous 30 days. 9%, you could pack ’em into a payphone. The gay & Lesbian Mardi gras is huge for Sydney. This religiot wants to kiss that goodbye and outlaw anything else that can be decribed as fun. Thankfully he’s only going for Lord Mayor, local government in australia is little more than garbage collection, sewerage, water filling pot holes. That’s more power than this deluded twit deserves.

  16. barriejohn says:

    it certainly wouldn’t be the first case of someone pretending to have previously been depraved for the sake of selling a story about the healing power of Jesus.

    Well said! As someone who never had a “conversion” experience, I got heartily sick of all the prissy Christians trying to outdo one another with stories of the depraved lives that they led prior to “meeting Jesus”. Most of it was utter bullshit and they knew it!

  17. Blamer .. says:

    What do these guys think the word “democratic” means in their name?

    That term implies secularism, plurality, and church/state separation.

    Not homogeneity. Not mob rules. Not intolerance.

    Only intolerance of intolerance.

  18. anthony says:

    1 question:

    Why are atheists always looking at the actions of man to determine if there is a God or not?

    All men are morally flawed. Read the Gospels. Tell me if there are any morally flawed teachings in them.

    It’s like Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

    Atheists are always looking for the answers to their questions by pointing out what happens here on Earth.

    There have been priests that raped kids.
    There have been religious wars that killed many and forced others to convert.
    There are guys like this guy that struggle with sex addiction.

    None of these are reasons why you should or shouldn’t believe in God.

    If you want real answers you have to start asking real questions. Looking at the theology instead of the man that tries to practice it would be a start.