USA: Christian soccer player withdraws from US national team after being told to wear gay pride shirt

 United States

US Soccer has ordered all players in both their men’s and women’s national teams to wear gay pride shirts during matches against Sweden and Norway in June to celebrate gay pride month. These shirts differ from the normal shirts in having the numbers in rainbow colours. It has led to one of their star players, Jaelene Hinkle, who is a deeply committed Christian, withdrawing from the national team for what US soccer has officially termed “personal reasons”.

Jaelene Hinkle
Jaelene Hinkle

US soccer promoted their gay pride initiative with a video stating:

“US soccer pledges to support all our athletes, coaches and fans. We believe athletes should be judged by their character, work ethic and talent…no matter if you are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, if you can play – you can play.”

However, if you are a committed Christian and are selected to represent either the men’s or women’s national teams, US Soccer will require you to publicly promote a certain set of beliefs even when these directly violate your own deeply held Christian beliefs.

From Canada Free Press

Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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