An Open Letter to Peter Madden (CDP) VIDEO

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Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
February 26, 2011, 14:53

Some background that might be of interest

Always desiring to dialogue instead of attacking an individual or organisation….….when I became aware of Peter Madden’s YouTube video I called the Christian Democratic Party headquarters saying I’d like to speak with Peter about statements he’d made.

The CDP gave me a mobile number. When I rang it turned out to be his new wife. I explained who I was and that I would like to meet up with Peter and have a chat.

In the meantime I realised I had actually known Peter when I was a preacher and had indeed been one of his lecturers when he was attending Bible College at Ps Frank Houston’s Church in Darlinghurst when it was known as Christian Life Centre (before it had the name change to Hillsong).

Peter called back later that day and we arranged to meet.

Our meeting lasted two hours. It was non-confrontational and respectful.

During the time we:

1. Caught up on mutual news not having seen each other for over 20 years.

2. I walked Peter through my PP presentation so he understands where I’m coming from

3. Talked about his statements that are stereotyping, generalisations, fear-mongering, sensationalist and not the reality of what is happening.

4. Talked about how many LGBT people have found resolution of their faith and sexuality including myself.

5. Talked about how the new climate in the church which is asking two questions. Firstly has our attitude towards the gay community been appropriate. Secondly do we need to look again at our previously held beliefs about homosexuality. The answer to the former being NO! and the latter YES!.

6. He mentioned that he loves the sinner but hates the sin. I mentioned this is tired hackneyed cliché that never communicates it’s actual intention. My sexual orientation is not a sin for a start. The strongest word in that cliché is not love it’s hate.

7. I printed out and gave him two articles of mine that might give a clearer idea of what the parade is all about. A Divine Moment in the Mardi Gras Parade ( ) & Mardi Gras and Pride Celebrations – To participate or not???? ( )

8. I gave him an invitation to become more informed about the reality of gay and lesbian people and our lives.

After our meeting I wrote an open letter to Peter ( ) and also put that up on YouTube ( )

Glenn Wheeler from 2GB read the newsletter and asked if I’d like to come the studio to speak about the comments and statements made. I suggested that he might also like to get Peter to come into the studio as well. Glenn contacted Peter and he agreed to come in.

You will find the interview here

During the interview Peter made further outrageous statements such as being homosexual is unhealthy and that gay men have a shorter life spans of 20 to 25 less than heterosexual men….and they we recruited people into the ‘homosexual lifestyle’

It was then I felt it would be good to once again request an apology, not only for the false statements but also the unnecessary hurt he has caused LGBT people, their family and friends. To say nothing of the negative impact these comments might have on young gay and lesbian young people with Christian parents. They already live with a sense of alienation and fear believing if they come out their families will reject them. Research has shown this is a cause of depression and thoughts of suicide.

I invited Peter to have dinner together so we could discuss this further. He was unable to do that as he said he was going to the Mardi Gras launch to hear Peter Thatchell speak.

I suggested to Peter that all his current dramas about this issue could be dissolved by a simple apology. Then he could focus and the key issues as a politician he says he is really passionate about; such as families and youth binge drinking and suicide. After all….isn’t he now a politician instead of a preacher (I said)

To date he has not followed my suggestion.

So I thought it would be good for other LGBT people, family and friends to also make the same request…..and set up and also put a page on Facebook about it

Will he apologise and admit that his assumptions are not based on fact but actually only being in Hyde Park one night and hearing stories from others? I don’t know………one voice asking for him to say sorry might not have an impact on him saying sorry…….many others asking the same thing might.

Silence says that comments made like this not only by Peter Madden…but anyone else for that matter ….is acceptable in Australian society.

Ann Maree
Joined in 2008
February 26, 2011, 17:05

Hi avb

Thanks for the above.

I posted a comment at


Ann Maree

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
February 27, 2011, 10:34

thanks Ann Maree……it was a great comment

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
March 1, 2011, 11:42

I have put together another video for the site Should Peter Madden Apologise?

It is a compilation of some of Peters statements.

If you feel this is an important cause and would like to let others know you can direct them to the page

This is not a freedom 2 b[e] initiative as such…..just something I felt personally was an important thing to do.

Ann Maree
Joined in 2008
March 1, 2011, 20:01

Thanks avb. I looked at your latest compilation and Peter sounds like a car salesman with quite an aggressive tone of voice and manner. It’s most unfortunate. Has Peter responded to the posts that I and others left?


Ann Maree

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
March 1, 2011, 21:12

not yet AM…… a text yesterday about another matter.

I plan to send him a compilation of the comments……once I get a few more.

Chapter Leader
Joined in 2008
March 7, 2011, 18:51

Just out of curiosity, I wandered up Martin Place just after 6pm on Saturday evening (before heading for the parade).

Mr Madden had less than 100 people there at his rally. About 60 seemed to be a definite part of the rally; bit hard to tell about the rest with some of the ‘lurkers’ (like me) a bit further back. I left after about 10 minutes when he called the Rev. Fred up.

I found it all quite sad.

An interesting piece in the latest edition of “The Monthly” magazine.

(Go to:

And, Sam, your video reply about him is great and gracious – super well done.

Joined in 2009
March 7, 2011, 21:49

Hm. I didn’t see you there…

My partner and I went and sat down on a bench a little way beyond the “action”, to watch from a distance. It was quite amusing seeing all the ANZ “angels” pour out of their office right next to the gathering, as they got their group photos taken before heading off to the parade.

Peter ended up with about 150 people by the time I left at around 6:30pm. Fred Nile had some interesting things to say. Seems that while Madden claimed that the plan was to move the Mardi Gras in to a stadium, Nile specifically said that doing so was just an intermediate step to trying to have the parade shut down completely. Good luck!

I left after 6:30. had to go find a spot to watch the parade. And glad I did 🙂

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
March 21, 2011, 00:57

can’t believe we had spies there……hehe.

I think Fred Nile is just using Peter….I’m actually surprised he turned up. Fred Nile it seems has neglected to mention Peter Madden in any of his press releases.

Anthony Venn-Brown
Joined in 2005
March 21, 2011, 00:59

Deja vu…..does anyone remember Anita Bryant in the 70’s

Read article in SX Out of context: Madden under fire again

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