I just looked at the roll call for the votes on HR 2679 and I was quite surprised and disappointed to see Fred Upton’s name on the yea list. Upton is a Republican congressman from the 4th district in Michigan, where I grew up and where my parents still live. He’s been in office since 1986 and has long had a reputation as a bipartisan thinker, a non-ideologue and a moderate. Why on earth he would align himself with the religious right on this bill is beyond me. This man was elected to office in a primary challenge against Mark Siljander, a complete wingnut who actually sent tapes to all the churches in his district saying that a vote for Upton was a vote for Satan. I’m very disappointed in Upton. Perhaps it’s time for him to go.