Conservative experts and Christian activists claim that Jaelene Hinkle was excluded from the 2019 women's club for the World Cup in the United States because of her religious beliefs
After a successful World Cup run, in which several members of the women's football team of the United States expressed their support for LGBTQ rights, conservative scholars and Christian activists claim that one top player was not on the list of her political and religious beliefs.
On Monday, Evangelical blogger Erick Erickson claimed that former national team back Jaelene Hinkle & # 39; pushed aside & # 39; was for & # 39; feminist virtue alert & # 39;
Hinkle has been vocal about her Christian beliefs in the past, which she refused to play in 2017 because the team wore sweaters with rainbow-colored songs during Gay Pride Month.
The reasoning behind the decision was only revealed after an interview with the 700 Club in May 2018. Two months later, Hinkle, 26, made her eighth and final appearance with the national women's team of the United States.
& # 39; I felt so condemned in my mind that it wasn't my job to wear this sweater, & # 39; she told & # 39; The 700 Club & # 39; in an interview from May 2018. & # 39; I gave myself three days to just search and pray and determine what (God) asked me to do in this situation. & # 39;
At that time, Hinkle said she knew her decision could have consequences.
& # 39; I am essentially giving up dream girls' dreams about their entire lives, and I say no to them. It was very disappointing, & she said in the 700 Club interview.
Hinkle has not publicly discussed the issue since the Americans won the World Cup on Sunday. A spokesperson for the Hinkle club team, the North Carolina Courage, did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail interview request.
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US players wear shirts with numbers of rainbow colors during the international friendly match between Sweden and the US at Ullevi Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hinkle refused to wear the & # 39; Pride & # 39; sweater, later revealed the decision for religious reasons
Five members of the American women's team are present in public, including Captain Megan Rapinoe (pictured left with her girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird) and coach Jill Ellis. Hinkle (right) has not appeared in a contest for the US National Women's Team since July 2018 – two months after she publicly admitted she had been in a 2017 contest about her objections to & # 39; Pride & # 39; sweaters
Although she has never made a World Cup or Olympic roster, the 26-year-old wing defender has played professionally since 2015 in the National Women's Football Association. Hinkle also played every minute in the 2018 postseason, when she and the Courage went on to win a league title.
& # 39; You do have a whole activist team & # 39 ;, said John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in Colorado Springs The Washington Times. & # 39; It is very much part of the program.
& # 39; And if we were talking about a random player, it would not be really clear, but because of her capacities – Jaelene Hinkle is a dike of a player – it makes that much suspicious.
& # 39; We know that there must be increasing agreement with your point of view in order to participate & # 39 ;, says Stonestreet. & # 39; I think that is inevitable. We use the expression & # 39; the theology of being fired & # 39; – in this case it is the theology of being cut. & # 39;
Five members of the American women's team are publicly known, as is coach Jill Ellis.
Captain Megan Rapinoe even scored the team's gay players after scoring both goals in a 2-1 quarter-final win over France.
& # 39; Go gay & # 39; s! & # 39; she shouted to reporters. & # 39; You cannot win a championship without gays in your team. It has never been done before. That's science right there. & # 39;
US Megan Rapinoe kisses her friend Sue Bird after Team USA has won the World Cup
Prior to Hinkle's refusal to play in the Pride Month jerseys, she spoke out against gay marriage on social media in 2015 when the practice was legalized nationally
Prior to Hinkle's refusal to play in the Pride Month jerseys, she spoke out against gay marriage on social media in 2015, when the practice was legalized nationally.
& # 39; This world can change, but Christ and His Word NEVER do & # 39 ;, Hinkle said on Instagram. & # 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.
Mascots of players with flags with rainbow colors for the international friendly match between Sweden and the USA at Ullevi Stadium on June 8, 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Although Hinkle was booed by fans, teammate Jessica McDonald defended the former Texas Tech star against The Oregonian, according to The Washington Times.
& # 39; She never said anything mean about me, & # 39; McDonald said about Hinkle. & # 39; She has never said anything bad about anyone. So, for people to pass that kind of judgment on to another person, I think it's kind of undesirable. & # 39;
Ellis called on Hinkle a year ago for the national team for the Tournament of Nations, but later cut the Denver-born.
& # 39; It was very disappointing, & # 39; Hinkle said to the 700 Club. & # 39; And I think peace outweighs disappointment there, because I knew I was doing the right thing in my mind. I knew I was obedient. Just because you are obedient does not make it easy. & # 39;
Jay Schwartz, who writes for Erick's website, The Resurgent, praised Hinkle for doing what she believed in without resorting to abusive words and hatred as so many in our culture do today.
& # 39; It is good for parents to teach their children how to compete & # 39 ;, Schwartz wrote in 2018. & # 39; It is even better for parents to teach their children how to stand on principle, even if it costs them their dream. Thank you, Jaelene, for mercifully showing how that looks. & # 39;
The women's world cup of the United States beat the Netherlands on Sunday for the fourth title
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