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Did Christian Soccer Player Withdraw Over Pride Jersey? (Photo)

| by Michael Allen

Jaelene Hinkle withdrew herself from the U.S. women's soccer team less than two weeks after it was announced that the men's and women's teams would be wearing jerseys to support LGBTQ pride.

U.S. Soccer announced on June 6 that Hinkle was pulling out for personal reasons, reports NWSLSoccer.com.

The 24-year-old, who plays for the North Carolina Courage, was requested to join the U.S. women's team and play in two international friendly games, reports the New York Post.

U.S. Soccer said on May 26 that it was recognizing LGBTQ Pride Month in June, and that men and women players would be wearing "pride-inspired rainbow numbers during the June friendlies."

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U.S. Soccer is teaming up with the You Can Play Project, which states on its website: "Locker rooms should be safe and sports venues should be free from homophobia. Athletes should be judged on talent, heart and work ethic, not sexual orientation and/or gender identity."

Hinkle did not specifically say that she was pulling out because of the gay pride month, but she has been vocal in the past about her conservative Christian views, reports the New York Post.

After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, she tweeted: "This world is falling farther and farther away from God... All that can be done by believers is to continue to pray."

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She also posted a message on Instagram:

Jesus didn't come to save those who already believed in Him. He came so that the lost, rejected, and abandoned men and women would find Him and believe. I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. 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.

Hinkle also insisted that the rainbow, often used as the gay pride symbol, was a symbol between God and man:

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.

Sources: NWSLSoccer.com, U.S. Soccer, Jaelene Hinkle/Twitter, Jaelene Hinkle/Instagram, New York Post, You Can Play Project / Photo credit: makaiyla willis/Flickr, U.S. Soccer

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