A Heat Shield is not just the ceramic tiles that are placed on the outside of a space ship to prevent them melting into gas on reentry. A Heat Shield is also a type of group that shield a given industry from feeling the political heat. Last night, Dr. Rachel Maddow, PhD Poli Sci, examined the phenomenon of heat shields in the context of the tobacco and gun industries; however, there is another example of a heat shield, and it is one that is close to the heart of not only Dr. Maddow but the rest of us in the LGBT Community.
To begin with, here are her reports on these particular groups:
Did you see it? Here is the thing, these heat shield groups use the same tactics as we see out of groups like the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and so forth.
Take, for instance, how these heat shield groups target politicians with fake claims of harm. They inflate the number of people who support their causes by flooding politicians offices with letters and post cards claiming that the writer is outraged by, say, marriage rights being extended to same-sex couples.
They also make the same claims about how extending rights to LGBT Americans will harm the Constitutional rights of their supporters. They cannot prove this, of course, but the propaganda is there. It is the same kind of propaganda as seen out of the National Rifle Association, in fact.
It has been long suspected that NOM, the FRC, and the AFA are all fronts from religious organizations who do not want to directly engage in the debate on LGBT rights lest they lose their tax exempt status and their profitability. In fact, the two Churches that have shown less reluctance to hide behind heat shields have ended up taking a lot of political heat in the end.
I think it would be wonderful if Dr. Maddow continued to look into how driven by public relations pushes the Right is because I can see these heat shield groups in just about every aspect that the Right’s strategies.