President Barack Obama Should Receive One Million Red Envelopes on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Barack Obama Should Receive One Million Red Envelopes on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 31
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — President Barack Obama, who has compiled a radical pro-abortion record since taking over the White House, should receive more than one million red envelopes this week. That’s thanks in part to the Red Envelope Campaign that a Christian pro-life advocate in Massachusetts started.

Inspired during a prayer, Christ Otto came up with the idea of sending red envelopes to President Barack Obama to protest his pro-abortion policies.

As he told back in February, what started out as an email request to 120 of his ministry friends and supporters turned into a nationwide phenomenon that saw others ask pro-life advocates to coordinate sending their red envelopes to Obama this week.

"We are trying to change the president’s heart," Otto says. "This is a message to a man that God hears the cry of innocent blood. It is not a political stunt, although I hope it changes policy in Washington."

"If the capital is flooded with so many letters that no one can deny it, I am hoping the image will be burned into Barack Obama’s mind that this is about human blood, and that he lies awake at night until he cannot resist doing something about it," he continues.

A Texas man named Brian Potter set March 31 as the date for sending the red envelopes and if pro-life advocates hold to that date, the White House will see an avalanche of them this week.

Several web sites have been set up in support of the project and the people who have responded saying they sent or will send envelopes has reached over 1.5 million.

Since the original email Christ sent, some have changed the plea and referred to Otto as a woman or a friend of the sender of the email.

Others have embellished it with requests to put pro-life literature in the envelope or action alerts asking people to also contact members of Congress or send envelopes to them as well.

Otto appears amused by the developments but says he hopes people will focus on the basis of the red envelope project.

"This is not about politics, it’s about changing one man’s heart," he says about Obama. "And if that one man can change then maybe others can too, and maybe there still is hope."

"For me, this has been a living parable of my philosophy of life and ministry, : ‘Listen to the Lord, and do what He tells you,’" Otto tells "I was not expecting such a dramatic outcome."

Related web sites:
Red Envelope Project –
Send a Red Envelope –
Red Envelopes for Life –

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