Billboard Hitler Quote Leads to Apology

    June 4, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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In a blatant case of being completely out of touch, an Alabama Christian organization was forced to apologize this week for a billboard displaying a quote from Adolf Hitler. According to a report in the Columbus, Georgia Ledger-Enquirer, the billboard was put up in Auburn, Alabama on Friday. The sign has now been removed due to complaints and mockery from people across the U.S.

The sign depicted a multiracial group of children beside two quotes. One was a verse from the Christian Bible: “Train up a child in the way he should go. Even when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6.” The other quote was a bit more provocative: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future. -Adolf Hitler.”

The billboard was put up by Life Savers Ministries, a Christian outreach group in Opelika, Alabama focused on preaching to needy children. The group requested the billboard be removed after the inevitable outcry began.

Exactly why Life Savers was quoting the former Fuehrer isn’t entirely clear. At first glance the Hitler quote and the following Bible verse seem to go hand-in-hand, insinuating that Christians should “train up” children to “own the youth” and therefore “gain the future.” Another interpretation, however, could be that of a warning – that Christians should “train up” children before Nazis get to them first.

Life Savers hasn’t done itself any favors with its response to the incident. The organization’s founder, James Anderegg, told the Ledger-Enquirer that the group “never intended to cause confusion.” Anderegg also stated that the Herbert Hoover quote, “Children are our most valuable resource” would have been better in place of the Hitler quote, implying that the original quote was intended to back up the Bible verse.

Whatever the message of the billboard was supposed to be, it certainly didn’t come across as intended. Twitter was filled this week with jokes and angry tweets from those sensitive to flippant holocaust references. There were also some reminders of the Hitler teapot billboard that captured headlines this time last year.

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  • Attillathehunny

    It could also be that they are trying to show that children will learn something from someone. This could either be something good, or something bad. It seems to be a cautionary statement about who you want influencing your children. Of course, lots of people have difficulty thinking and would not get a message like that.

  • fahkir1

    Well, the statement is correct. Not a good idea to quote Hitler, but with the way the country is going, I think they made their point very clear.

  • ann

    Here lies the lesson for all, think/research before you act. Possibly researching something, anything more than, “asking some you know, and that’s it.”

  • Charles Boucher Jr

    Well King Solomon is who the No. 666 stands for, 1st Kings 10:14, 2nd Chronicles 9:13, 1st Kings Ch 11, Revelation 13:18, Deuteronomy 17:14-20, Deuteronomy 29:20, Revelation 17:8. Hitler’s in good company there.

  • Notaslave

    Well if only people stop and think for just a second and see the reality, People would have a very different opinion about the true of the billboard. It’s happening now.