Alabama Youth Ministry Should Probably Stay Away From Directly Quoting Hitler In Their Billboards


ALA – A billboard at the Village Mall in Auburn, Ala., features five smiling kids beneath a quote from Adolf Hitler: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” According to Lamar Advertising’s Montgomery office, the billboard was rented out by Life Savers Ministries, based in Opelika, Ala. “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,'” founder James Anderegg told the Ledger-Enquirer. “We are a children’s organization and had honorable intentions and nothing less.”

You know who else used a Hitler quote to promote his youth program? That didn’t work out too well.

Copywriting 101: Don’t quote Hitler. Common Sense 101: Don’t blatantly attribute ‘Adolf Hitler’ if you ever quote the man outside of a meeting of white sheets and bald heads. Even so, this quote is generic enough where they could’ve used it without a citation and nobody would’ve batted an eye. Throw up a pic of Nick Saban with a bubble around the quote and call it a day. The Alabama head coach could actually be responsible for the ultimate crimes against humanity but as long as he keeps bringing home national titles it’ll be overlooked. Nobody knows where quotes come from anymore, anyways.