After accusations rose against the U.S. women’s soccer team that the team had snubbed openly Christian and star player Jaelene Hinkle because of her faith, the backup goaltender for the team, Ashlyn Harris, ripped into Hinkle, saying that the problem is Hinkle’s “intolerance” and that Hinkle is “homophobic.”
Harris’ comments were prompted not by Hinkle, who has not commented on the uproar, but by Catholic advocate and staunch pro-life champion Obianuju Ekeocha, who tweeted on Sunday: “Jaelene Hinkle, is the 26-year-old American footballer who gave up the opportunity to be in the USWNT. I was very curious to know what happened so I went in search of her interview with CBN. Apparently, the US women’s Football team is not a very welcoming place for Christians.”
Harris, apparently furious, attacked Hinkle, who had not provoked the situation. She started by hurling slurs:
Hinkle, our team is about inclusion. Your religion was never the problem. The problem is your intolerance and you are homophobic. You don’t belong in a sport that aims to unite and bring people together. You would never fit into our pack or what this team stands for.
Then Harris seemingly conflated Ekeocha’s statement with Hinkle’s perspective, writing, “Don’t you dare say our team is ‘not a welcoming place for Christians’. You weren’t around long enough to know what this team stood for. This is actually an insult to the Christians on our team. Same on you.”
Jaelene Hinkle, 26, “has been called the top left defender in the U.S. game,” according to The Washington Times. Fox News noted Hinkle “helped her team win the NWSL championship and previously helped it win a title in 2016 when it was known as the Western New York Flash.”
But none of that apparently mattered to the women’s team. The Irish Times, which called Hinkle “the finest left-back in the NWSL,” wrote in June, “Hinkle likely would have been a fish out of water on the uber-woke women’s national team, some of whose biggest stars are openly lesbian, raising questions about whether she would have thrown off the squad’s chemistry.”
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In 2017, when the women’s team wore special team jerseys celebrating Gay Pride Month for two international matches, Hinkle declined to play. She said on the “700 Club,” “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey. I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do in this situation.”
In the interview with the “The 700 Club,” Hinkle stated, ““I’m essentially giving up the one dream little girls dream about their entire life. It was very disappointing. And I think that’s where the peace trumps the disappointment, because I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing. I knew I was being obedient. Just because you’re obedient doesn’t make it easy … If I never get another national team call-up again then that’s just a part of [God’s] plan, and that’s OK.”
The Daily Mail reported that after the women’s soccer team won their World Cup match against France, star player Megan Rapinoe yelled to reporters, “’Go gays! You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s never been done before. That’s science right there.” In June 2017, mascots for the women’s team carried rainbow flags before the game between Sweden and the U.S.