I'm probably one of the last people anyone would consider a minimalist but its never too late to make new habits :)
Okay so this is a little late but Nov 1 AirBnb changed their policies to adopt a anti-discrimination policy.
It came up in a few conversations online and in person and I thought I would share my take through a snippet of one conversation:
me: When I was in TN I came across a cool website AirBnb, a website that lets people rent out a spare bedroom/ guest room and let people stay there instead of going to a hotel. And they have a cool thing where if there is a disaster, people can rent out rooms with no costs to the host or the people who need a place to stay. And I think its really cool and had made an account to take some screenshots because I made a post. And because i have an account, a few days ago, they sent me an email "we have a no discrimination policy now" which made me like them more. But now, the blogger who shared about it over the summer posted another article to whine about it. This post had 154 comments when I looked at it earlier and theyre literally freaking out. Theyre like "Its my home, dont yell at me for being racist in my own home" and "what if I want to open my house because of a tornado but I dont want Muslims in my house and I dont care how bad the tornado was, they still cant come in my house" and it would almost be comical except its just sad. All AirBnb did was say "we would like you to respect other people please" and people are calling it "Orwellian" and all these things and its literally an anti-discrimination policy.
me: Its embarrassing
me: All the nasty comments are coming from Christian people who are so angry that they are asked to be nice to other people and I'm like um hello? The bible talks about showing hospitality to strangers and about equality and about being gentle and kind and loving. There are even parts about not judging and relieving the oppressed, I want to leave my own comment that btw, discrimination is not a christian value. Bnb seems to be the more christian people here, because they have a community.... and it just seems great. And beyond religion, you dont make friends leaving nasty comments and slamming the door on people "oh you are [whatever], I dont want you here" and I dont get why these people think they must fight the anti-discrimination policy.
me: Theyre like "I'm going to cancel my account, its against my beliefs to be kind" and I'm like did you read these words before you hit post? Are you feeling okay?
friend: This is why I don't like organized religion because it's consistently a vessel for hate
me: *nods* I can see that now. These people are whining that they are being "forced" to be respectful and this shouldn't be a problem.
me: *is annoyed as well*
me: My reaction was like "hey cool, its important if there was a natural disaster to have a safe, welcoming place to stay" and all the "no we want to be discriminatory" stuff is kinda crazy.
me: My post this summer talked about how they set a great example of hospitality and love and its "funny" that these people are so uncomfortable with the idea. I am (not a fan)^2. I dont get why these people think they must fight in the comments over an anti-discrimination policy. They are like "we are christian therefore we cant be nice* and I am like I dont think thats how it works.
There was one comment that really stood out to me. It was short, not yelly, and had a very clear point. I want to share that too:
It strikes me as funny because Christianity is supposed to be about love, it is odd that the two are opposed to each other here.
Jesus was loving, as "Imitators of Christ" we should also be loving.
Jesus was not mean, bigoted, or judgmental, we should also not be mean, bigoted, or judgmental.
Jesus was selfless to give up his life, it shouldnt be a huge stretch to let someone use a guest room in your house.
Bryn Mawr '21!!!