Take It Or Leave It

Stewart and I use Airbnb almost exclusively when we travel, for a number of reasons involving cultural experiences and, because we are mostly frugal, cost.  (If you aren't familiar with Airbnb, they are essentially a vehicle through which ordinary folk, not otherwise professionally connected with the hospitality business, can rent out their extra bedroom or home for short-term guests.)

They have grown quite large and influential for an internet startup, and their impact on the hotel business has been likened to that of Uber's on the taxi business.  

This afternoon I received an e-mail from them, stating they have a new "Community Commitment," which reads as follows:  "You [the guest or the host] commit to treat everyone—regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias."  They continue to explain, in a very nice way, that if you cannot abide by such a community commitment then you are not welcome.  Please cancel your account and stop visiting our website or using our app.  Buh bye.  

It is sad that in 2016 Airbnb felt compelled to have to state that, and even more sad that their community commitment was aimed squarely at religionists who fail to grasp the fundamental, core principles their savior tried to emulate.  But in any case, good on you, Airbnb; we'll be staying with you even more often now.