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Uh, This Ministry’s Billboard Tried to Use an Inspiring Hitler Quote?

Uh, This Ministry’s Billboard Tried to Use an Inspiring Hitler Quote?

OK, one of the few things that we can all more or less agree on is that Adolf Hitler is not a model of education. Unless you want to educate people on mass genocide. But Life Savers Ministries in Opelika, Alabama sought to remind the world that Hitler had quotes that weren’t so bad.

A billboard at the Village Mall in Auburn, Ala., features five smiling kids beneath a quote from Adolf Hitler: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

According to Lamar Advertising’s Montgomery office, the billboard was rented out by Life Savers Ministries, based in Opelika, Ala.

The quote was properly attributed on the billboard itself. As if that’s not bad enough, just below the Hitler quote was a verse from Proverbs: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” One key part of training children, it would seem, is advising them against taking advice from Hitler.

Life Saver’s Ministries is a collection of youth pastors, and they removed the billboard following public outcry. “We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion. … Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote when he said, ‘Children are our most valuable resource,'” founder James Anderegg told the press …

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