Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Church Billboard Quotes Hitler

An Alabama church has used a quote from the Nazi dictator as a way to inspire education

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 3rd, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

An Alabama billboard is turning heads, but not entirely for its content as much as where it borrows it from.

The billboard, at the Village Mall in Auburn, features five smiling youth who are accompanied by the following quote from infamous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.

News agencies report that the billboard was rented out by Live Savers Ministries, based out of Opelika.

Hitler’s quote was derived from one his speeches during the 1930’s, and is linked to Nazi youth programs.

Life Savers Ministries has since taken the billboard down.

“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,'” said LSM founder James Anderegg. “We are a children’s organization and had honorable intentions and nothing less.”

Founded in 1996, LSM has “six school buses and a magnificent facility of its own where hundreds of boys and girls are brought from around 20 different rough and tough locations throughout Opelika and Auburn.”

Regardless of if they weren’t trying to offend anyone, it seems obvious that whoever came up with the billboard badly needs to take a history lesson.

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