Yep, should have gone with the Hoover quote. (via Julie Burns/Ledger-Enquirer)
A church in Opelika, Alabama is under fire this week after they used a quotation from noted mass-murderer Adolf Hitler on a billboard advertising their youth programs. The church is Life Savers Ministries, and the quote is "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future." Underneath the Hitler quote is a quote from Proverbs (which seems like maybe a better source, since it's in the Bible and also not responsible for the deaths of six million Jews): "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Guys, I wish I could offer you some answers about this. I really do. But it is pretty much baffling that the church thought it would be a good idea to use a Hitler quote on their billboard. I have no idea what's happening here. Are they trying to say that if their youth ministers don't "own the youth," then that leaves them vulnerable to Nazis?
A statement from the church to the Ledger-Enquirer offers zero insight. The church's founder James Anderegg says, "We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion...Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote when he said, 'Children are our most valuable resource.'" Yeah, Herbert Hoover would have been good. Or like, pretty much anyone except Hitler.