American football player Ashlyn Harris fights Jaelene Hinkle's comments and calls her & # 39; homophobic & # 39;
Ashlyn Harris has fought back against former Team USA football player Jaelene Hinkle about her claims that she left because of her religion.
The reaction started after an interview with Hinkle in 2017 again where she said she could not play for Team USA in the Pride-inspired jerseys they had chosen.
The national team wore them in support of LGBTQ rights.
When she said to the Christian Broadcasting Network at the time, she would have said to them that the team & # 39; was not a very welcoming place for Christians & # 39 ;.
Harris fired back in a tweet on Monday and said: & # 39; Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic.
& # 39; You don't belong in a sport that unites and brings people together. You never fit in our pack or what this team stands for. & # 39;
& # 39; Don't you dare say our team & # 39; is not a welcoming place for Christians & # 39;, & # 39; Harris added. & # 39; You were not around long enough to know what this team stood for. This is actually an insult to the Christians in our team. Same for you. & # 39;
The (keepers) gloves are off: football player Ashlyn Harris (left) beat former player Jaelene Hinkle (right) about comments that the American team & # 39; was not a very welcoming place for Christians & # 39;
In response, Harris replied that Hinkle & # 39; s & # 39; intolerance & # 39; and & # 39; are homophobic & # 39; the reason was why she could never be on the team
Harris stated that there are other Christians in Team USA who do not feel discriminated against or feel less welcome
Three of the five gay women on the Team USA football team are pictured (L: R): goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, Captain Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger
After rejecting her call two years ago, Hinkle told CBN: & I felt so convicted in my mind that it wasn't my job to wear this sweater. & # 39;
She admitted that she had the & # 39; one dream that girls dream about their entire lives & # 39; gave up by saying no.
Hinkle quoted being "obedient" to God as a reason to refuse to wear the jersey by not playing for Team USA.
She said: & # 39; I knew in my mind that I was doing the right thing.
& # 39; If I never get a call from the national team, that's just part of his plan and that's good, & # 39; Hinkle added. & # 39; And perhaps that was why you wanted to play football, just to let other believers know they were obedient. & # 39;
Harris's tweets responded to the prominent Catholic anti-abortion and anti-gay lawyer Obianuju Ekeocha who shared the interview.
Hinkle, who currently plays for the North Carolina Courage, has to tweet again or comment on the online spam.
Hinkle decided not to play for the national women's team 2017 due to the decision to dress them in & # 39; Pride & # 39; inspired jerseys (above) in support of LGBTQ rights
Hinkle's comments came back after they were publicly shared by a Catholic author, known as anti-gay and anti-abortion, and Harris responded
Hinkle (photo right, photo left) made eight appearances for the American team between 2015 and 2017, but was cut off in 2018. Coach Jill Ellis (right) came under fire for the decision
Hinkle previously commented on the LGBTQ community (above) and said: & # 39; This world can change, but Christ and his Word will NEVER & # 39;
Hinkle made eight American appearances between 2015 and 2017, but was cut off from the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
Trainer Jill Ellis claimed that this was not due to her religion, the NYPost reports.
The 26-year-old spoke out against Gay Marriage on social media in 2015, when the practice was legalized.
She said: & # 39; This world can change, but Christ and his Word will NEVER.
& # 39; My heart is that as Christians we don't get tantrums about what has been brought into the law today, but we become so much more loving. & # 39;
Christian players with a high profile on the 2019 Team USA team included Julie Ertz and Tobin Heath. Players regularly knelt in prayer circles before and after the game, the site reported.
On team USA there are five gay players including Harris, captain Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger, alongside their coach Jill Ellis.
In the Women & # 39; s World Cup in 2019 there were 40 gay, lesbian and bisexual women – 38 players, a coach and a trainer, OutSports reported. On the other hand, there were 18 players during the 2015 international tournament.
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