• Waffle

    LRC: You are truly inspirational. I too, have been seriously considering coming out. Just not quite ready yet. But almost.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    My real name, as I recall mentioning at least once before, is Joe Clark.

    Not this Joe Clark* though…..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Clark

    Nor am I this Joe (Louis) Clark…..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Louis_Clark

    *When I was a teenager and would introduce myself to friends’ parents they would respond with ‘Joe who?’. A real self esteem builder, eh? LOL

    There’s even a song called ‘Old Joe Clark’….

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=old+joe+clark

    Besides all that, I do like the moniker ‘Yusuf al-Kafir’ (Joseph the infidel/non-believer).

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      I’d post this comment on LRC’s blog, but, she doesn’t allow for comments.
      D’oh!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I like the moniker: “Joey the Infidel”.
        It’s got a certain panache!
        🙂

        • Justin St.Denis

          “Joey” makes it sound a little ghey.

          How about Joe the Infidel? Or even Joe Infidel?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I was picturing more of an Eddie Haskall type.
            No ghey there.

  • Jay Currie

    I’ve been “out” since I started blogging over a decade ago. And I comment under my own name as well. I think it is a personal choice but I take people far more seriously when I know their names.

    Blogging or commenting under your own name tends to make you think twice about what you are writing. I have said some pretty dumb things over the years but, by and large, I am happy with most of what I have written.

    I have, on occasion, caught a bit of flack in business for stuff I have written. Interestingly, never from a Muslim and I usually have two or three Muslim clients. They can use Google and a couple have said they agree with a good deal of what I write. The people who have the most trouble are usually third parties who like to virtue signal by suggesting to a mutual client that I have “inappropriate” views. Happily, I have yet to lose a client or a contract on the basis of something I’ve written.

    On the upside, I have been sought out for work on a number of occasions because a person has followed my intermittent blogging. And I have been surprised often by people who I didn’t know read my material mentioning it to me in a non-blogging context.

    LRC is quite right about children. They need to see that their parents are willing to stand up for what they believe. Of course, every once in a while my eldest son – at university of course – threatens to disown me; but then again he also threatened to vote for Justin. We must forgive the ignorance of youth.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I think it takes a mix of both named and nameless.
    There are serious downsides to coming out, and although a courageous act, it could also interfere with your ability to hold a job or feed your family.

    If you do decide to “come out” then my only advice is to not have any linkage to anything you might have said before in your anonymous days that is “nutty”.
    If you have nothing to lose (retired, independently wealthy), then go ahead.

    If you are working away at a good job with a major corporation ran by PC ninneys, then coming out might be highly dangerous.

    Only you can decide what’s best for you, because nobody else is going to be paying your bills after that axe has fallen.
    I think those people are better off “tithing” a hundred here and there to those that are already out and being effective.

    • I am asked from time to time for advice on how to become active either by blogging or some other means.

      I always discourage people to be honest, many are naive and think a public stance may come with no repercussions.

      It does. They need to know that.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That’s the thing!
        We are not all cut out to be card carrying members of “la résistance ” but the resistance never could have existed, let alone accomplished anything, if there were not a lot of fellow Frenchmen getting up and going to work in the morning and smiling at the Nazis all day long, while secretly hating their guts. While in the evening these same “sellouts” were tossing the actual resistance members a few Francs to get by, information on German troop movements, or giving them a spare winter coat or a place to sleep when they needed it.

        Individually it might not seem like much, but collectively it is, or can be.
        I would love it if we could get everyone with a giant 4X4 truck and a wench to drive to Washington D.C. and pull down a segment of White House fence as a demonstration of the importance of a Southern border fence.
        It would be epic and unstoppable too.

        But if just I show up, and maybe even a few friends, we are all going to prison for 20-years.
        No, there must be another way.

      • moraywatson

        Huh!? You “discourage people to be honest”? Please clarify that awful use of English. Do you actually mean to say that you discourage people from being honest? REALLY? Why should I believe anything posted here?

        • Clink9

          I think it’s just missing a comma.

          • moraywatson

            No, I think not.

        • Fixed;)

          • moraywatson

            Fixed? How? We are all going to be safer if we keep our lights hidden under a bushel basket?

  • G

    This article is ok if you you write for a living. Unfortunately the writer makes the same mistake that writers in the MSM and entertainment world do (constantly).

    The writer is seeing the world through their own eyes and believing that’s the only way to see it. Many of us are not writers and have no intention of being writers and …(here’s a shocker) are quite happy NOT to be writers or performers.

    We feel strongly about issues but commenting or writing is a very minor, entertaining diversion, to be done after every thing else is accomplished.

    The owners of blogs or writers of opinion columns have no idea what contributions we make to the greater good because we don’t talk about them. So it’s easy to call anyone who doesn’t perform in the way you want a wimp.

    I think this column has more to do with the writer’s personal ego than any effort at social change.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Bingo! The article was an exercise in journalistic navel-gazing narcissism and self-righteousness. I almost puked on my own shoes.

      • G

        Yuck! Maybe you will have to start wearing rubber boots at the computer desk. 😀

    • El Martyachi

      K had a post last week that was similar. You just articulated my thoughts on it almost verbatim.

      • G

        Interesting. Who is “K” though? I’m not as well versed in the members of the conservative blogosphere as I should be.

        I would like to look this post up (and your comment) ;D You’ve made me curious. Can you give me a link?

        • El Martyachi

          Mrs Catman. And sorry.on my phone..on a shit connection, so no link. And my comment remained in my head until this thread.

          • G

            Cool thanks.

  • neo

    *
    there is, of course, a difference between anonymous & pseudonymous.

    unlike anonymous commenters (whom i treat as one undifferentiated “nonny”), readers know my chosen “name” and where they can reach me and challenge my opinion whenever they so desire.

    i don’t put my identity out there because of a significant number of threats leveled against not just myself, but against my wife and child. they did not sign up for this, nor do they have skin in the game. think i’m being dramatic? although i live hours outside of toronto, i have received taunting emails detailing my physical movements along with numerous threats, including one that spoke of firebombing my house and shooting my family as they fled.

    i choose not to be silent and using a pseudonym is the compromise that allows me to speak. there are plenty of people who know who i am. i simply don’t hand out details that would unnecessarily put my wife or child in harms way. i believe it is only a matter of time before some insane lefty or fundie weirdbeard attacks and maims or kills a conservative voice here in canada.

    it’s what they do.

    so if it’s a choice between using a pseudonym and going silent, i know what i’ll do.

    *

  • El Martyachi

    This is the internet. There is a tradition of anonymity here beyond that of writers’ nom-de-plumes. Have a little respect for the medium.