A Christian soccer player is rejecting the U.S. team’s ploy to appeal to the left. Jaelene Hinkle was removed from the upcoming roster less than two weeks after it was announced that players on both the men’s and women’s teams would be expected to drape themselves in rainbow-colored jerseys in honor of LGBTQ Pride month.
Hinkle is a rarity in 2017. She’s a successful athlete that has not forgotten her faith. Soccer is a game; organizers have no business making political statements. The ability to appreciate soccer has no relation to one’s views on homosexuality. It’s absurd that the American teams insisted on such a ham-handed demonstration of fidelity to liberal values.
Players whose values align with the LGBTQ crowd perhaps have an argument as to why they should be able to dress up their uniforms, but there’s no reason that a devout Christian like Hinkle should be pressured into wearing something that offends her faith.
“I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true,” Hinkle wrote on Instagram in 2015, her words appearing under a striking image of the Cross. “It’s not a fictional book. It’s not a pick and choose what you want to believe. You either believe it, or you don’t. This world may change, but Christ and His Word NEVER will.”
“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,” she continued. “The rainbow was a convent [sic] 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.”
Hinkle’s beliefs shouldn’t have to interfere with her position as a soccer player. No one was being discriminated against with the old uniforms. Gay, straight, questioning, whatever you are, you’re welcome to play on the U.S. soccer team.
Hinkle refused to go into detail regarding her decision to quit the team, insisting instead that it was a personal choice. It’s obvious however what motivated the decision. As an athlete, Hinkle is at the absolute top of her career. Only something very compelling could drag her away from her team voluntarily. Sources associated with Hinkle say that she was horrified by the team’s decision to don rainbow-colored jersey’s.
A non-denominational sports team shouldn’t be interested in politics. Soccer’s decision to become an open advocate of Pride month comes as more and more businesses bend over backward to appeal to Millennials. The left expects corporations to be pro-migrant, pro-choice, and pro-LGBTQ rights. Never mind the fact that millions of Americans believe abortion and homosexuality to be immoral. Who cares that most Americans don’t support open borders? Entitled Millennials want corporations to cater to their whims.
Hinkle made a brave decision. She’s already being attacked on Twitter. Liberals are sending the soccer star daily hate messages. It takes a strong person to withstand peer pressure. Hinkle has proven that she’s not only capable of defying her peers, she’s able to prioritize her faith over her career. It’s unclear how her decision to skip mandatory pride week will affect her future with the team.
Most athletes and entertainers don’t deserve the praise heaped upon them. Hinkle does. She’s more than just an athlete; she’s a principled Christian.
According to the New York Post, “Hinkle has made eight appearances with the senior national team with her first call-up coming in 2015 against Brazil. Head coach Jill Ellis is not planning to replace Hinkle on the roster since her withdrawal came just two days before the team’s first game.”