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American Family Association Asks Schools to Post Sixth Commandment: ‘You Shall Not Murder’

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 8:18 AM

TUPELO, Miss.—The American Family Association (AFA, is asking every school in the country to put this statement on their school marquee or school sign for one week: “You shall not murder.”

“While the country is discussing gun control laws, we think our young people should also be reminded that innocent human life is precious,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Murder is against the law in every state, and these four words also emphasize that it’s morally wrong. Schools regularly use words to encourage and discourage behavior. We tell students, ‘Say no to bullying,’ ‘Don’t text and drive’ and ‘Say no to drugs.’ In light of the increasing violence in our schools, let’s send the clear message, ‘You shall not murder’—the sixth of the Ten Commandments.”

Through its latest Action Alert, AFA is also asking concerned Americans to sign an “Open Letter to America’s Schools,” which encourages students to think about the preciousness of human life. AFA suggests the following ways to take action:

  1. Pray for the families of victims of school violence.
  2. Add your name to AFA’s Open Letter to America’s Schools.
  3. Contact your local school administrators and ask them to post “You shall not murder” on the school marque for one week.
  4. Share the initiative via Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to use Twitter hashtag #Number6 for the sixth of the Ten Commandments.
  5. Tweet a picture of your school sign using Twitter hashtag #Number6.

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To interview a representative from the American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton,, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Emily Brunner, ext. 100.


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