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House stenographer: God told me to do it

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 19, 2013 | 11:05 am

Everyone following the House vote to end the government shutdown Wednesday heard about the, um, slight distraction--aka, "House stenographer loses it during shutdown vote."

"He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. Don't touch me. He will not be mocked," the stenographer shouted as she was taken away by U.S. Capitol Police. "The greatest deception here is not 'one nation under God.' It never was. Had it been, it would not have been."

She continued, "The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God."

She went on, "You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

Well, now we have an explanation about what motivated Dianne Reidy: God told her to do it.

Here's what Reidy said in an email to Fox News' Chad Pergram:

For the past 2 and 1/2 weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver a message in the House Chamber. That is what I did...

More from the Daily Beast on Reidy's trouble sleeping during the shutdown, on the family's Christian beliefs and on her husband's surprise at her outburst.

Reidy's voice is inaudible in the above video; so I'm going on reports of what she said. What I find so odd about the whole situation is the message. It's totally incoherent.

But beyond her saying that you can't serve God and something else, and that God must be praised, what meaning are we to ascribe to her message? And what might it have communicated to Congress?

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