By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer
Following a move by the Senate, the House of Representatives voted 398-1 on Wednesday to ban the use of the word lunatic from all federal legislation. According to this BBC article:
“Senator Kent Conrad, one of the sponsors of the measure, said: “Federal law should reflect the 21st Century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the US code.” ”
The one no vote came from Republican Gohmert of Texas, who suggested our concerns should be more on our countries looming bankruptcy. While I can agree that there are bigger pressing issues, we cannot ignore the little things so I say kudos to Congress for making such a move and ridding it’s language of this archaic word with such negative underlying meaning. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t able to find many references to this vote in US New sources. I wonder what that says?