This Christian Ministry Ad Quotes Adolf Hitler To ‘Promote Education’

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The Alabama-based Life-Savers Ministries (LSM) recently selected a quote from none other than Adolf Hitler to use on a billboard they paid for. The advertisement was to “support children’s education,” according to LSM.

The billboard depicts a diverse array of smiling kids. You might imagine this “we are the world” stock image to be associated with something positive, but right next to the multicultural group is a quote by Hitler, which reads: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

Hitler said the phrase back in 1935 during his speech at the Reichsparteitag. His comments were made in order to encourage young people to join the Hitler Youth. Now, the LSM decided the quote was too good to pass up. So they used it, along with a Bible verse reading, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

To be clear, they didn’t quote Hitler to associate him with something they were denouncing. They quoted him to say, essentially, how right he was.

James Anderegg is the founder of LSM. He told the local Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that his group has decided to take down the sign. They “certainly never intended to cause confusion,” Anderegg said.

“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,” he continued.

The billboard never included the name of Life-Savers Ministries, which funded it. It was Lamar Advertising, the owners of the billboard, who revealed that LSM was the group who rented the advertising space by Life-Savers.

Reprinted with permission from Political Blind Spot