Monday, February 9, 2009

A worthy forward to pass along

Going around the web ~ apparently from a pro-life activist named John Otto:

Dear Friends and Intercessors:

This afternoon I was praying about a number of things, and my mind began to wander. I was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions, permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception.

I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal..

As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.

Here is what I would like you to do:Get a red envelope. You can buy them at Kinkos, or at party supply stores. On the front, address it to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.Washington , D.C.

On the back, write the following message:

This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception.

Put it in the mail, and send it. Then forward this email to every one of your friends who you think would send one too.. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died before having a a chance to live. Maybe it will change the heart of the president.

John Otto

Fortunately, those of us who don't believe in contraception will soon outnumber those who do. -- G.K. Chesterton

A great idea, we think! I'm going to run out and get some red envelopes and send as many as I can!

H/T: Christy at Mum2Twelve


His Servant: Ann Kraeger said...

If you don't mind I think that I will cut and paste this into an email and send it to my distribution list. This is powerful. Thank you Lisa for reposting a great idea.

Bia said...

i'll send out my red envelope. wonderful idea.

MightyMom said...

I got this email too. we'll see if it gets more attention than the bricks did!!

Enbrethiliel said...


The G.K. Chesterton quote reminds me of a discussion I had with a pro-choice friend. Her point was that since the majority of people in democratic countries, what right did a government "of the people, by the people and for the people" have to deny it from its citizens.

So I pointed out that people who are pro-abortion usually have less children (for any number of reasons) than people who are anti-abortion, and that the children of the anti-aborts would definitely grow up sharing their parents' values. So one day an overwhelming majority would be anti-abortion. Wouldn't the same government be obliged to make it illegal, then?

She had to think about that. I don't think it had occurred to her before!

Anyway, I don't think that counting noses is the best way to win a dispute over basic principles, but if it becomes the quickest way to make abortion illegal again, then I embrace it.

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