Alabama ministry regrets billboard favorably quoting Hitler

Saying it never “intended to cause confusion,” an Alabama children’s ministry took down a billboard favorably quoting Adolf Hitler’s love for children.

Next to a photo of five smiling kids, the billboard at the Village Mall in Auburn, Alabama proudly quoted the mastermind of World War II and the Holocaust: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

The quote is followed by a red signature line reading “Adolf Hitler.”

According to the Ledger-Enquirer, the founder of Life Savers Ministries now has second thoughts about quoting the Führer:

“Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote.”

Ya think? A bit more on the Hitler Youth:

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  • 2karmanot

    Poor ole’ Ty Wad…………………

  • 2karmanot

    Yawn. Next!

  • ComradeRutherford

    Krackpot Konservative Kristians quoted their favorite world leader of the last 100 years. Why is anyone surprised? Let no one forget that American Conservatives were on Hitler’s side in WWII, and to this day lament their loss.

    Conservatives are *always* on the wrong side of history: They were the Loyalists that sided with the British during the Revolution, they were the slave owners in the Civil War, and they were the Nazi-lovers during WWII. Today their goal is the re-enslavement of the American People by dragging us down to the level of Bangladesh by claiming that obscenely wealthy corporations shouldn’t have to pay their workers more than the lowest-paid worker on the planet. The Conservative’s thirst for slavery will never end.

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  • LanceThruster

    I quote him to show how prescient he was with regards to propaganda. He still resonates today.

  • Jeff Schueler

    The Christian leadership in this country depends upon this very thing to be able to control the masses of their semi-literate followers.

  • Jeff Schueler

    Only the most dangerously ignorant Christians from a southern Confederate state would quote the Father of Evil himself, Adolph Hitler. Sadly, it appears that there are those in the south who are just as misguided and backward today as they were when they owned slaves. Disgusting.

  • The_Fixer

    First off, you are taking liberties with my comment. You have completely misinterpreted it.

    Second of all, while the moderator wisely deleted the majority of your comment, I did see it in its entirety. What you basically said that Jesus hated the Jews as much as Hitler did, based upon your interpretation of Greek texts.

    Let’s start with this: Greek was one of the intermediary languages of the bible. Aramaic was one of the original languages of the bible. Aramaic was translated into Ancient Greek, which was translated into other languages, then Old English, which we modern English speakers try to decipher (and a lot of times, I might add, unsuccessfully). The chain of translation makes it nearly impossible to relate, with precision, just what the original texts say. Which has always been the problem with the Bible, no matter what version and no matter what translation.

    If you want to give me the meaning of Jesus’ words, assuming he existed and was the son of a god, then you have to work from Aramaic. That’s one big problem with your comment in response to me, as there is no direct Aramaic-to-Modern English translation available.

    Another of your errors was assuming that I am a Christian believer. It should be apparent, from the nature of my comment, that I am not such. My belief is (based on logic and skepticism) that if there was a person named Jesus, he was a garden-variety populist preacher who occasionally said some right things. To me, he was more a populist preacher/magician and certainly not the son of God (which I don’t believe in anyway).

    Your attempt to invoke an imaginary Deity in order to justify your blatant ethnic bias and racism is shameful. Your comment is indicative of your inability to properly read my comment.

    You are dismissed.

  • Ty Waz

    America! You fought Adolf Hitler so you could have Barack Obama for President! Rejoice! You made the choice for change in 1942.

  • Ty Waz

    Right, and it’s not the goal of your Judeo-Marxist school board to indoctrinate children. Christ said the world will hate those who love him. No man has been more hated by the world than Adolf Hitler. You call Hitler an evil anti-Jew, but Christ himself said this about the Jews. Christ had no reservations about calling the Jews a race of serpents:

    “[KJV] Matthew 3:7, But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

    The phrase, “generation of vipers” is from the Greek GENAO, which means a race. He called them, literally, “O race of vipers!”

    [*StrongsRealGreek*]
    1080 γεννάω [GENNA/W] {gennáō} ghen-nah’-o
    from a variation of 1085; to procreate (properly, of the father, but by extension of the mother); figuratively, to regenerate:–bear, beget, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring.

    Hitler was merely being true to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Christ tells us:

    “[KJV] Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

    So you hate Hitler for agreeing with Jesus Christ on the status of the Jews. Hmmm.

  • Zorba

    No doubt one of his favorite songs is “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” from “Cabaret.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Mg6Gfh9Co

  • LanceThruster

    The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.

    A. Hitler – Mein Kampf

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  • http://www.folkthewar.blogspot.com/ Sue Jeffers

    it never plays well when the talebangical movement uses in-group messaging where out-group people can see it too. this was even worse than usual.

  • barrystutner

    Yes, but what about Beghazi?

  • annetteboardman

    Now THAT makes sense. I was wondering what on earth they were thinking, but thank you, Sue. That is a really reasonable explanation (if not a reasonable thought on the church’s part). I get what they were trying to say now.

  • FuzzyRabbit

    I agree with Indigo, Life Savers Ministries founder James Anderegg has no moral compass. He did not think quoting Hitler would be objectionable. Otherwise he would not have done it.

  • Indigo

    I’m not the least bit confused. They have no moral compass and so quoting Hitler, Tolstoy, Whoever . . . it’s all just fine in their teeny-tiny pinheads.

  • hoplite_i

    You don’t quote Hitler unless you agree with his views on race. It’s about that simple.

  • Tor

    I don’t think there was any “confusion” was caused. It seems pretty clear to me.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. Their problem isn’t with the quote but simply with who said it.

  • pappyvet

    “And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested.”

    “war is peace
    freedom is slavery
    ignorance is strength” the official slogans of the “Party” 1984 George Orwell

  • majii

    Excuse me, Mr. Christian School Minister, but I don’t believe for one minute that you regret having this billboard placed in a prominent place in Auburn, but I do believe that you regret others discovering that your school has inept employees that folks are paying to screw up their kids’ education.

  • The_Fixer

    Well, who could have possibly foreseen that this would be a bad idea?

    Just about everyone.

    But really, isn’t the goal of the average Christian children’s “ministry” the same one that Hitler had – indoctrination? So in that sense, at least the billboard was truth in advertising.

  • http://www.folkthewar.blogspot.com/ Sue Jeffers

    i suspect the confusion was that people didn’t make the leap of “the gays are like hitler and are coming for your children” that they hoped, and instead attributed the affinity with hitler to those who saw fit to quote him.

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