The word “lunatic” will be stricken from federal law under legislation that passed the House on Wednesday and is headed to President Obama for his signature.
The Congressional action is the latest effort to remove language from federal law that has become outdated or is considered demeaning. Two years ago Congress took out references to “mental retardation.”
“The term ‘lunatic’ holds a place in antiquity and should no longer have a prominent place in our U.S. code,” said Representative Robert C. Scott, Democrat of Virginia, shortly before the 398-to-1 vote in the House.***
The lone “no” vote was cast by Representative Louie Gohmert…
You’d think he’d be happy to no longer be stigmatized. Although, then again, crazy people, much like stupid people, don’t recognize they are crazy (or stupid). That’s a burden the rest of has to bear.