It’s never good when you cause your own unintentional billboard controversy…
Alabama-based Life Savers Ministries (LSM) put up the following ad in the city of Auburn. Let’s see if you can figure out why it caused a stir:
He alone, who owns the youth, owns the future. — Adolf Hitler
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. — Proverbs 22:6
There are two possible interpretations here that come to mind…
- LSM saw Hitler’s quotation, agreed with it, and didn’t give a second thought to who the hell Hitler was.
- LSM was suggesting that evil people might get to your children, so Bible-lovin’ Christians need to get to them first!
To my surprise, the correct answer appears to have been Option #1.
Which is why, even though the billboard just went up Friday, it’s coming right back down today:
“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.”
In all seriousness, I’m almost positive this happened because someone approved the billboard design without much input from others. Let that be a lesson: If you’re going to pay for a billboard that makes a statement, make sure you run it by a few people to make sure the intended statement gets through to everyone.
It’s not like atheists haven’t made that mistake before…:
(Thanks to Kathy for the link)