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Denver Public Schools Proudly Admits to Sharing the Same 'Values' as Left-Wing Anti-Christian SPLC

On Tuesday, Denver Public Schools (DPS) in Denver, Colorado, quoted the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in a message about "decrying hate." PJ Media reached out to the school district, explaining the SPLC's anti-Christian tactics and its promotion of LGBT issues to children at very young ages. The school district responded by defending the SPLC, and declaring that Denver Public Schools shares its values.

"Respectfully, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has a different view of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)," the school district told PJ Media. "The values expressed by the SPLC are in alignment with the values of DPS."

Denver Public Schools added, "As a school district, we value conversations that create a sense of belonging, inclusiveness and support for all of our students, including those who are our most vulnerable. We work to ensure that we are providing a variety of culturally responsive resources to our educators and school leaders. The SPLC database is one of the sources that offers those types of tools."

The school district did not explain how it would "create a sense of belonging, inclusiveness and support" for students and parents who support conservative and Christian groups that the SPLC falsely labels "hate groups." It did not explain how these values would support Christians — whose beliefs are routinely branded "hate" by the SPLC.

The SPLC gained its reputation by taking the Ku Klux Klan to court, but in recent years it has engaged in a defamation campaign against mainstream conservative and Christian organizations. Christian nonprofits like the Family Research Council (FRC)Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Ruth Institute, D. James Kennedy Ministries, and Liberty Counsel have found themselves on the "hate group" list, alongside the KKK.

These groups have never advocated violence against anyone — ADF has won 9 Supreme Court cases in the past seven years — but they do maintain traditional Christian doctrine that sex should be reserved for marriage and that marriage is defined as the lifelong union of one man and one woman. The SPLC has twisted their previous statements out of context in order to present this view as "hateful" toward LGBT people.

Egregiously, the SPLC actually quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the binding belief statement for 1 billion people around the world — as proof that the Ruth Institute is a "hate group." If the SPLC were consistent, it would brand all faithful Catholics as members of a "hate group."

This branding has real-world consequences. In 2012, a domestic terrorist targeted FRC, aiming to shoot everyone in the building. He later admitted to using the SPLC's "hate map" to target this organization. The SPLC refused to remove FRC from its "hate map."