Alabama church group pulls billboard quoting Hitler

Life-Savers Ministries quoted Adolf Hitler on a billboard promoting children's education.
By Kate Stanton   |   June 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM   |   Comments

AUBURN, Ala., June 3 (UPI) -- A church group based out of Opelika, Ala., has reconsidered a billboard touting the importance of children's education with a quote from Adolf Hitler.

The Auburn, Ala., billboard shows a group of smiling children alongside the words, "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future." The sign attributes the quote to Hitler.

The quote is from a 1935 speech, in which Hitler encouraged young Germans to join his paramilitary Hitler Youth brigades.

Life Savers Ministries, which purchased the advertising space from Lamar Advertising, decided to pull the promotion when observers questioned its content.

"We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion," Life Savers founder James Anderegg told the Ledger-Enquirer. "Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote when he said, 'Children are our most valuable resource.' We are a children's organization and had honorable intentions and nothing less."

According to its website, Life Savers Ministries provides religious education and activities to at-risk youth.

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