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Respect Needs To Be A 2-Way Street For The USWNT

Bill Michaels
July 12, 2019 - 12:46 am

“This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We’ve got to listen more and talk less. We’ve got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility.”
Those are the words spoken by the U.S. Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe during their ticker tape parade celebration in New York earlier this week. 
Jaelene Hinkle, has been called the top left defender in the U.S. game today but she was NOT on the women’s’ national team this year…why? 
She was basically shamed off of it.
Because Hinkle has been quite open about her Christian faith. 
In 2015, Hinkle objected publicly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and in 2017, when the women’s team wore special team jerseys celebrating Gay Pride Month for 2 international matches, Hinkle declined to play in those matches.
Let me get this straight, you can protest the U.S., while on the U.S. Team by not standing for the national anthem and society must accept and respect you. You can promote equality with almost a brash arrogance and we must understand you.
But if anyone disagrees with you, you’re “love more hate less” speech only then applies to those who AGREE with you?
The hypocrisy is at the very least, bothersome.
Respect is a 2-way street, it’s not only for you to accept but for you to give as well. Agree or disagree with one’s stance, when you make it all about you and your cause, while disrespecting others, you’ve become what you despise and therefore NOT respectable. 
Rapinoe would have been a better leader and better person if she would have told Hinkle, we'll agree to disagree on our views but we're teammates so let's join on the field and win together. THAT garners respect. To shun someone under the guise of "standing up for my cause" is nothing more than bullying disguised as righteousness. 
I'm sure Hinkle loves the game of soccer just as much as Rapinoe but she wasn't allowed to show her exception skills because of her own views and faith.