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USWNT's Ashlyn Harris Says Former Teammate What Excludes For Homophobia, Not Christianity



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In the never ending search for fuel to the conservative backlash against the world champion USWNT, some media outlets-mostly of the conservative Christian variety-dredged up a year-old interview with former USWNT defender Jaelene Hinkle. LGBTQ pride jersey Talking to The 700 Club last May, Hinkle said she turned down an invitation to join the national team in 2017 because she did not want to wear a LGBTQ pride jersey. Since that decision, Hinkle has been called up just once, for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. “/>

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Predictably, the conservative media and their audience have cast Hinkle's absence from the World Cup as an inexcusable snubbing proved the existence of the USWNT's virulent anti-Christian sentiment. This call comes in 2017, she was ending her career with the national team.

It also ignores that USWNT staples like Christian Press, Tobin Heath, Julie Ertz, and Alyssa Naeher, to name just a few, have been outspoken about their Christian faith for years. They, somehow, have avoided getting off on the pundits as they see an angry cabal of godless lesbians. Of course, these kinds of disingenuous outrages are never any more than just new, regardless of how weak, for another round of frothy-mouthed gibbering.

And so wecome to the USWNT's backup goalkeeper and chief Instagram archivist for the team's post-World Cup celebrations, Ashlyn Harris, who weighed in on the renewed Hinkle controversy yesterday on Twitter:

It's unclear whether Harris, in addressing Hinkle by name in her tweets, knew that the interview was not new, but it does not really matter much either way. Harris's message is more a response to the latest backlash itself. They are responding to the notion that the USWNT is somehow anti-Christian just because of Christianity more importantly, to her would-be teammates, for whom LGBTQ causes are more than just jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers. (Harris, it's worth noting, is engaged with US teammate Ali Krieger.)

Harris's use of Hinkle as the vessel through which she can refute the self-evidently stupid claim that the USWNT is anti-Christian is understandable, though where she goes too far-in saying "[doesn’t] belongs in a sport that aims to unite" -is indicative of the broader problem with outrage bubbles over online.

Hinkle-one relatively long-suffering player who has been on the NWSL North Carolina Courage-shouldn't be made to stand in for all the sanctified vitriol Harris and the rest of the US team has had to face. For the same reason, the national team should not be made to stand in for a half of an entire multi-generational culture. It's possible that this is simply about one person's homophobia and another's rebuke of that homophobia, without turning it into a battle for the Christian souls of the USWNT. But tell that to the conservative media machine, never quite ready to turn the other cheek where it's outrage to be peddled.


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