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Thursday, June 5, 2014

This Week in Poor Choices: Alabama Youth Ministry Quotes Hitler on Billboard, Admits "Herbert Hoover Would Have Been a Far Better One to Quote"

Posted by on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Well, gee whiz, I wonder why this blew up in their face?

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.

Hitler's quote traces back to his speeches of the '30s, and has historically been tied to the Nazi youth programs.

Click for a picture of the billboard!

Life Savers Ministries has said in a statement that they "certainly never intended to cause confusion," and that they're pulling the billboard down. The ministry's founder, James Anderegg, is quoted thusly: "Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote when he said, 'Children are our most valuable resource.'"

Yeah, dude. Pretty sure ANYONE BUT HITLER would've been a better quote. Maybe you should put a reminder to yourself on a Post-It?


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mikethehammer 1
Hitler gets such a bad rap.
Posted by mikethehammer on June 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
Youth ministries should probably choose their phrasing about how they use children wisely. Actually you guys, probably best not to talk about children altogether.
Posted by Dougsf on June 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM · Report this
What makes it amazing isn't just that the quote is from Hitler, but that the billboard credits him boldly. Somebody there (many somebodies) actually thought quoting Hitler was a good idea.
Posted by unpaid reader on June 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
The "Adolf Hitler" attribution looks shopped. I imagine that was added after the fact for clarification.
Posted by j.lee on June 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
"train up a child" makes my head hurt.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM · Report this
TCLballardwallymont 7
@5 "The "Adolf Hitler" attribution looks shopped. I imagine that was added after the fact for clarification."

I think it was already there, and central to the message this place is trying to get across. They're trying to say 'If you don't let us indoctrinate your children in our cult, someone else will indoctrinate them in the wrong sort of cult' or something along those lines.

Just my guess, it could be spray painted or shopped on there, and the people running the ministry are completely clueless.

Posted by TCLballardwallymont on June 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
@5 and 7. I'm guessing the attribution is part of the original billboard, because in the accompanying news story the ministry is not denying the charge or attempting to pass the blame for Hitler's name being there.
Posted by Clayton on June 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM · Report this
No apology made. Just talk about "confusion".
Posted by sarah70 on June 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 10
@6 Yeah, it's also the calling card of this asshole:…

A Hitler quoting, "Train Up A Child" referencing ministry probably has a pastor who belongs in jail.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on June 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM · Report this
Knat 11
@2: Ditto. I didn't expect them to actually credit Hitler for the quote on the billboard. Points for honesty/ballsiness, I suppose. It's not every day that a church is so obvious about their true motivations.
Posted by Knat on June 5, 2014 at 7:06 PM · Report this
@7 Agreed. The idea, however poorly conceived, is that if parents don't raise their children right, someone else will. And that someone could be like Hitler.
Posted by David from Chicago on June 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM · Report this
What do you expect from a person that lives in Alafuckigbama? Brains? Sheesh!
Posted by longwayhome on June 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM · Report this
Mischa Vainburg 15
Posted by Mischa Vainburg on June 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this

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