A top soccer player may have been cut from the U.S. women’s team due to her Christian faith and positions on LGBT issues, according to speculation.
Jaelene Hinkle, 26, is regarded as one of the best footballers in the country and plays professionally for the North Carolina Courage, but following tryouts for the national team, she was released for “footballing reasons,” according to coach Jill Ellis, who is lesbian and married to her partner.
Hinkle has made her opposition to the LGBT agenda well-known on multiple occasions in the past, and is reportedly heckled and jeered on a regular basis for doing so.
“My heart is that as Christians we don’t begin to throw a tantrum over what has been brought into law today, but we become that much more loving. That through our love, the lost, rejected, and abandoned find Christ,” Hinkle wrote on social media in response the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to require all states to grant same-sex marriages.
“The rainbow was a convent made between God and all his creation that never again would the world be flooded as it was when He destroyed the world during Noah’s time. It’s a constant reminder that no matter how corrupt this world becomes, He will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace, even during times of trial and confusion. Love won over 2,000 years ago when the greatest sacrifice of all time was made for ALL mankind.”
In 2017, Hinkle declined an invitation to play two games with the national team after learning she would be expected to wear jerseys celebrating ‘gay pride.’
“I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” Hinkle said during an interview on Christian Broadcasting Network’s ‘The 700 Club’ program. “I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what [God] was asking me to do in this situation.”
Some believe Hinkle was unwelcome on a squad fronted by multiple outspoken homosexuals.
“Bringing in the finest left-back in the NWSL seemed an obvious move although many were concerned about the potentially disruptive presence of a person with such fundamentalist views in a squad where some of the most prominent players and head coach Jill Ellis are gay and gay icons,” the Irish Times reported in June.
“There was no need to worry about assimilating. Three days into training camp, Hinkle was cut for ‘footballing reasons.’ Some suspect the shock recall and subsequent swift removal was a legal ploy, designed to provide the United States Soccer Federation with cover against any future discrimination lawsuit, especially since Hinkle’s stance has made her a cult figure among the religious right.”
SB Nation writer Kim McCauley called Hinkle a “vocal homophobe” – while acknowledging she was the best player in the country at her position in a 2018 piece.
“You do have a very activist team. It’s very much a part of the program,” John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview told the Washington Times. “And if we were talking about just any player, it wouldn’t be really clear, but just because of her abilities — Jaelene Hinkle is a heck of a player — it makes it that much more suspect.”
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