Store Refuses to Make Birthday Cake for Adolf Hitler

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Adolf Hitler CampbellWhen you give your children names inspired by Nazism, you are pretty much asking for trouble. Finding your kids shunned and rejected by mainstream society would seem to be an obvious consequence of saddling them with such names, right? I guess 35-year-old Heath Campbell wasn't smart enough to have seen that coming when he named his children Adolf Hitler, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler.

Campbell, a self-proclaimed Holocaust denier, is outraged that the ShopRite grocery store in Holland Township, New Jersey refuses to make a cake that reads "Adolf Hitler" for his 3-year-old's birthday. Campbell's wife, 25-year-old Deborah is equally surprised. "ShopRite can't even make a cake for a 3-year-old," she said. "That's sad."

No, what is sad is that these two don't even appreciate what those names will mean for their children. The kids haven't started school yet, but when they do, their parents don't foresee any problems at all. "I just figured that they're just names," Deborah Campbell said. "They're just kids. They're not going to hurt anybody."

Top Baby Names 2008

    The results are in and the top baby names for 2008 have been determined according to Babycenter.com. And despite the celebrity weirdness of late (Zuma Nesta Rock? Bronx Mowgli?) average parents are sticking with average names for their offspring.

    For boys, Aiden retained his spot as the number one name (a position held since 2005), followed by Jayden, Ethan and Jacob. For the girls, Emma made a return to the number one position, knocking off last year's Sophia and beating out Isabella and Olivia. Seeing as how this was an election year, it isn't surprising to find that presidential names were popular with lots of boys being named Jackson and Tyler and girls getting Madison, Taylor and Kennedy.

    Babycenter's editor-in-chief, Linda Murray says the results show a trend toward classic and old-fashioned names. "Times have changed and people are taking the world more seriously, affected by what is going on the world," she said.

    Yes, it seems that most parents don't want their children being teased and chose names that would reflect something positive about them. For boys, parents said they wanted names that represented strength, kindness and compassion, compared to the strength and individuality they were going for in 2007. For girls, parents were looking for something that expressed kindness, compassion, intelligence and strength. Last year, they were looking for femininity and individuality.

    I can't help but notice that for both boys' and girls' names, parents seem to have lost the desire for names that express individuality. Why do you suppose that is?

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    Top 10 Boys Names
    10. Matthew

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    9. Logan

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    8. Jack

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    7. Noah

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    6. Jackson

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    5. Caden

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Clinical psychologist Robert M. Gordon disagrees. "By the time they get to school, they will already have been damaged," he said. "Any parent that would impose such horrific names on their children is mentally ill, and they would be affecting their children from the day they were born. Only a crazy person would do that."

In the meantime, little Adolf Hitler will get his birthday cake. The Campbells are taking their request to Wal-Mart, where Adolf's last two birthday cakes were made without any fuss.

Is Is Wal-Mart right to personalize little Adolf's cake?
Yes. It's not his fault his parents are clueless.16273 (56.5%)
No. His name is offensive and just plain wrong.12525 (43.5%)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.