Christian soldiers at war
Lisa Carty NSW Political Editor
September 7, 2008
STATE Parliament’s most famous Christian is a paranoid, friendless old man who eats fast food on his lonesome in a western suburbs motel, says the man who should be his closest ally.
In an astonishing attack on his leader, Christian Democrats MP Gordon Moyes has accused the Reverend Fred Nile, 73, of being a greedy bully. In return, Mr Nile claims the Reverend Moyes is not just paranoid but mentally ill.
Simmering tensions between the two boiled over into all-out war when Mr Moyes asked for his parliamentary office to be moved from within Mr Nile’s, claiming his staff had been subjected to bullying and harassment.
Mr Moyes, 69, in his second upper house term, said that, in 50 years of Christian activity, he had never known such a toxic atmosphere.
The only option was for them both to resign from Parliament at the same time to be replaced by two young people, Mr Moyes said. It was now a case of “if you jump, I’ll jump too”, he said.
Mr Moyes said Mr Nile – the upper house’s assistant president – had manipulated naive, good-willed Christians who recently installed him as party president for life.
“Fred’s manipulation of a democratic party was disgraceful, but not unexpected,” Mr Moyes said.
“He has become a pathetic figure. He is a loner, he has no peers as friends.
“In spite of the intensity of Parliament he works all day in his office with his door closed. He eats his fast-food meals alone and he spends every night alone in a cheap motel in western Sydney.
“He has no interest in sports, crafts, hobbies or garden; is accountable to no Christian support group or prayer group; and he never laughs.
“In old age, Fred is committed to gaining money and status, and with attacking any who disagree with himself.”
Mr Nile hit back, telling The Sun-Herald: “Some people have remarked that he has become a bit unbalanced and is in need of a psychiatric evaluation.”
Re-elected last year until 2015, Mr Nile said he had no intention of resigning and owed it to his supporters and “millions” of friends to stay put.
“I intend to continue as long as it’s God’s will,” he said. “I’m not too old. I’m fighting fit, never better. I have learned a lot in the last 27 years and I am still making a contribution.”
Mr Nile, who lives on the South Coast, said it was perfectly usual for non-Sydney based MPs to stay in motels while Parliament was sitting. He was not a bully and had a friendly relationship with Mr Moyes’s staff.
The breakdown of their relationship was very disappointing, he said, but he had been warned that Mr Moyes was likely to stab him in the back.
Source: The Sun-Herald
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/09/06/1220121593002.html