Hitler Billboard

Courtesy: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

As it turns out, people don't want to see Adolf Hitler's teachings featured on billboards. Looks like we learned something new today.

Live Savers Ministries, a children's ministry in Alabama, is facing some serious backlash after they advertised their organization with a billboard that had a quote from Hitler featured on it.

Next to a photo of five happy, smiling children reads a line from Hitler's 1935 speech about the Nazi youth movement:

"He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future."

Now you might say that the people who designed the billboard didn't know that was a quote from one of the most hated men in history. It's a pretty generic quote, so it could have been an honest mistake, right?

Except for that fact that the billboard made sure to credit Hitler next to the quote. You know, so everyone driving by could know for sure who said it. Also featured in the photo was a Bible verse from Proverbs: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Hitler + Bible verse + smiling children = successful ad? Not quite.

Obviously people were seriously offended by the billboard, and it was covered three days after the ad went up.

"We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion," Live Savers Ministries founder James Anderegg told Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "We are a children's organization and had honorable intentions and nothing less."

He also mentioned that it probably would have been better to quote Herbert Hoover, who once said: "Children are our most valuable resource."

Or they could have used literally anyone else besides one of the former leaders of the Nazi Party. Hindsight is 20/20, isn't it?

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