SKP Freethinkers

A Birds Of a Feather group (BOF) of Escapees RV Club

New Member Information

As of May 2007 we have 100 members in our BOF which was formed in August of 2006. The website is new but most of our members previously used our news group and many were active posters. Get togethers so far have been impromptu gatherings.

SKP Freethinkers BOF is exclusively for members of Escapees RV club so to join the BOF you must first become a member of Escapees. Then you can follow the link at the bottom of this page to join the BOF.

The name of our BOF, “Freethinkers” as an umbrella term for “secular humanists, rationalists, skeptics, atheists, agnostics and all those who reject supernatural beliefs.” "Freethinkers" also has historical meaning of it’s own dating back hundreds of years. Notice that it is one word, and not "free thinkers.” The freethought movement has advocated such diverse causes as abolitionism and feminism but the unifying themes have been the rejection of supernatural belief including religious belief, and the separation of church and state.  Some Escapees have mistaken Freethinkers to mean "open minded" or "anything goes" and have consequently been disappointed with our orientation. So if you're not familiar with the freethought movement, you might investigate it with our Links or on your own with the internet. After you join you will have access to our member resources. You'll find that except for our membership in Escapees and our RVing lifestyle, our group is quite diverse.

All members of Escapees are of course welcome to our BOF regardless of their beliefs. But we offer religious believers a word of caution: This group serves as a place for non-believers to be open and honest with their friends, so some may not find the respect for religion here that they might expect from society at large.

Our forums and news groups are open only to our BOF members. I encourage group newcomers to "tell their story" of how they came to be members of the BOF and why. So if you would like to post something, it will give the others in the group a chance to see who else is here with us and provide us a glimpse into your unique perspective. But if you prefer to just lurk for a while, that's fine too. When you post to our list servers, please use plain text and limit repeating portions of threads when you reply. This will help our traveling members who have limited bandwidth.

We try very hard to avoid censorship in our forums and any need for it is very unusual. As long as you use our various forums for their stated purposes, avoid ranting in general, personal attacks on individual members, and bashing of this group as a whole, you will probably find your comments welcome.

As you read our message archives you will find countless references to “The Ranch.” “The Ranch” is an SKP Co-op Park in Lakewood, NM where I and 17 other SKPF members are leaseholders. When I formed the BOF I recruited among the people I knew. But we don’t want new SKPF members to feel that they are outsiders. It’s not a “Ranch” club, we’re an Escapees BOF group.

“SKP Freethinkers” bumper stickers are available. You’ll find them a great way to identify yourself to our members and as a “consciousness raiser” in the RVing community.

I hope you enjoy your experience with us.

All the best, Howard Replogle
Founder, SKP Freethinkers

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Code of Conduct

This is not an independent group. We are part of the much larger Escapees RV Club which is owned by Escapees, Inc. a closely held private corporation. We receive no money from Escapees and they receive no money from us. We have an ad in the bimonthly Escapees Magazine and our BOF is an enhancement to the benefits of Escapees membership. So it is important that we conduct ourselves in a manner appropriate to our parent organization. Escapees has strict rules against “hate groups” in their organization. We are not a hate group, but it is nevertheless necessary for us to take care in our use of language that we avoid any appearance of hate or hateful agendas. But I should temper that caution with this: disagreement, even strong disagreement is not hate. So you are encouraged to speak your mind in this group.

Before we had this website with our multiple forums we had a single Yahoo! Group. When we first started, any subject was allowed. But after a few unrelated political topics caused some controversy, and some hate mail from outside our group prompted some inflamed posts within our group, post content was slightly restricted. Now that we have multiple forums with voluntary participation, our post content is more flexible. But “hate,” any violation of Escapees policy, personal attacks on individual members of this group, and bashing of this group as a whole is not welcome.


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It’s turtles all the way down!

A well-known scientist (some say it was the philosopher Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the Earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise."

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?""You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"

So that is why we’ve decorated our website (somewhat facetiously) with graphics of turtles. We’ve also included some of our favorite RV pictures because we are all RVers as well as Freethinkers!