House Stenographer, In Bizarre Outburst, Rants About God and the Devil; Says the Holy Spirit Made Her Do It.

When the House of Representatives, after a 16-day standoff, finally decided to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling last night, it was only fitting that more crazy was on tap.

As the vote was coming to a close, House stenographer Dianne Reidy, 48, took to the speaker’s podium and started an unprecedented rant about God. On the recording, she can be heard yelling

He will nоt bе mocked! This iѕ nоt оnе nation undеr God! It nеvеr was. Hаd it been… It would not have been… No. Thе Constitution wоuld nоt hаvе bееn written bу Freemasons, thеу gо аgаinѕt God! You cannot serve two masters. Praise be God Lord Jesus Christ.

She was also heard to say something about the devil before security officers forcibly escorted her out of the room.

Dianne Reidy (center) (via the New York Post)

The rambling and mystifying nature of the outburst notwithstanding, some see Reidy’s eruption as a sign of religious courage. Exclaimed one commenter,

Thank you Dianne Reidy for having the courage to stand up to evil and say the Lord’s name in its presence. You have been heard by many and know that we cover you in prayers.

And then there was Fox and Friends, whose intrepid hosts found themselves in the unenviable position of needing to distance themselves from the strident stenographer’s unacceptable, possible psychotic episode, while simultaneously getting across how much they, too, love praising Jesus.

First, the broadcast team presented a couple of viewer e-mails:

It was not a mental episode. What she was doing was known as an exercise of the gifts of the spirit where she brought a warning and a message from God.


Amazingly, this religious and obviously sweet lady gets fed up and speaks her mind, something we all have tried to do. She brings up our dear Lord and she gets a mental evaluation? I think it should be the other way around.

Co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck then opined, as if talking about a folk hero:

“Who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.”

Though Reidy underwent psychiatric evaluation, she herself thinks her actions were perfectly rational — and inspired by the Holy Spirit.

“For the past 2 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,” she told Fox News’ Chad Pergram in a statement. “That is what I did last night.”

Reidy’s husband is worried sick. Just kidding — he is proud, he told the media.

[Dianne] is a sweet, level-headed wonderful woman of God. I am proud of her.

It’s unknown whether Reidy can return to sanity — and to the job she’s held for the past eight and a half years.

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.

  • closetatheist

    Well, I’m relieved that god finally came out and admitted what we’ve known all along: that America never was and is still not a Christian nation.

  • sam

    Hey, if House stenographer were the most powerful position these fucking idiots could attain in this country, I’d be more than willing to put up with the occasional psychotic rant.

    • JET

      When I first saw this clip, I thought some State Rep. had just gone “full Bachman.” I was somewhat relieved to find out she was clerical worker until I realized that she was only saying out loud what a good portion of Congress is thinking. Just because they’re savvy enough to choose their words more wisely does not mean they’re not equally deluded.

  • atheismFTW

    I might have nightmares tonight. These Christians scare me with their delusional thinking.

  • A3Kr0n

    She’s worked there eight and a half years? I’m surprised she lasted as long as she did!

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    Pretending to be psychic only works if your predictions make sense.

    • Jeff See

      Not necessarily; if you’re selling your psychic abilities to certain crowds, the requirement for sense making becomes less stringent. I’m sure there are plenty of folks, like Dave himself, who would consider that statement to be plausible.

      • C.L. Honeycutt

        Yeah, in retrospect, that was a really naive thing for me to say.

        • Jeff See

          It’s forgivable; trying to believe everyone else has some sense isn’t really a bad thing. You just have to get used to disappointment, lol.

        • Jeff See

          It’s not a bad thing to expect sense, as long as you’re able to deal with the disappointment.

  • God’s Starship

    I hope she gets the help she obviously needs. And for the right wing pundits trying to spin it…. stop. Please stop. You are not helping her.

    • kaydenpat

      Yes, she’s clearly in need of psychiatric help. Too bad that she and her husband (and the rightwing media) is in full denial. Wonder if she’ll keep her position after such a bizarre outburst.

  • SeekerLancer

    To be fair if I had to take note of everything congress said for over eight years I’d probably go mad too.

    • lorimakesquilts

      Bwahaha. I think you’re right. I just got around to watching Van Hollen’s dog and pony show about the rule change. What a lot of BS they have to go through to get anything done, or even talk about something.

  • EmpiricalPierce

    And yet if the lady had said “Zeus will not be mocked!” everyone would rightly consider her a nut. Why should it be any different just because her imaginary friend is more popular?

    • C Peterson

      Because she lives in a place where almost everyone believes in her imaginary friend. We define crazy in terms of how common belief systems are. Which is itself rather crazy, of course!

      • richardchaven

        In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is not king: he is insane (he “sees” things)

    • Jeff

      Brilliant! Very very well said.

    • MonyNH

      And if she’d said, “Allah will not be mocked”, she’d be in CIA custody.

      The hypocrisy…it burns…

  • smrnda

    The problem with her outburst, to me, is that it’s content-free inane babbling. It makes no coherent point. Of course, this is what’s happened when you fuse religion and politics.

    • Agrajag

      Indeed. It’s completely impossible to discern from her babble what she’s arguing for, or what she’s arguing against. It’s just a stream of words with no actual content at all.

      • guest

        Noises! Loud noises!

  • Randy Meyer

    Of course she will be back!

    • Oranje

      … in Thunderball!

  • Gehennah

    I think she’s a bit mental. I’m sure that the mothers who drown their children also were kept up at night by the “Holy Spirit” telling them what they must do.

    But she did get one thing right. This isn’t a nation under god, nor was it ever intended to be.

    • Art_Vandelay

      Actually, Terry didn’t include the full quote. She was saying that we’ve been deceived into thinking this isn’t one nation under God…

      “He [God] will not be mocked,” the stenographer, apparently named Molly, yelled into the microphone as she was dragged off by security. “The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Praise be to Jesus.”

      So yeah…she pretty much got it all wrong.

      • Gus

        Wait, I’m confused. I was about to disagree with you, but that part about the Constitution throws me. If we take out the line about the constitution she seems to be saying this:

        The founders were Freemasons.
        Freemasons go against god.
        Therefore, this would not have been founded as a nation under god and the notion that it is a nation under god is a deception.

        But then she says the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons, so is she saying the founders didn’t really write it, someone else did? Or that we’ve been deceived into believing the founders were godless Freemasons?

        FTR, I have no idea who was or wasn’t a Freemason, except that I’m pretty sure Washington was.

        • Art_Vandelay

          Therefore, this would not have been founded as a nation under god and the notion that it is a nation under god is a deception.

          No, she said that the notion that it’s not a nation under god is deception.

    • guest

      Well the Holy Spirit keeping you awake makes perfect sense. It’s that whole “conscience” thing that is false because it contains the word “science” in it. And that is obviously the Devil’s work. I’m betting she watches the angel on her right shoulder battle the devil on her left shoulder while she’s lying there awake.

  • Jeff See

    I first heard it late last night when I got home from work. I’ve found myself listening to it a few times since, for recreation.

  • ShoeUnited

    She’s acting as if secularism is a bad thing!

  • UWIR

    But isn’t the important question: did she take down a transcript of the rant?

  • UWIR

    ” She brings up our dear Lord and she gets a mental evaluation? I think it should be the other way around.”

    People who get a mental evaluation should bring up “our dear Lord”?

    • Matt Eggler

      Damn, you. You beat me to it.

    • TheShadow

      No, no, I think what is meant is that “our dear Lord” should get a mental evaluation.

  • TheShadow

    Don’t you think if god wanted to proclaim a message, it would at least make some sort of sense?

    • Artor

      He doesn’t have a great track record with that. Case in point: the Bible.

    • EdmondWherever

      No no, the message is much more effective if it’s partly garbled and appears to come from a lunatic, especially someone in a low-level service position who is surrounded by many actual leaders who would’ve made much more credible messengers.

      • Ken Detweiler

        Well, credibility has never been a criteria …

    • trj

      It’s probably a metaphor.

    • CultOfReason

      I think the standard repsonse from fundies is “It makes sense to those who aren’t deaf to god’s word”, or something like that.

  • Rain

    She might have a great future as a talk show host and as a CEO of her own cable network, and possibly star in a remake of The Color Purple (1985).

  • newavocation

    I’d be afraid that this type of outburst and support it garners will lead to bolder and more violent acts. The religious right will act more like the Taliban as they lose privileges and influence.

  • Cloe

    Jesus was said to be a descendant of King David. Joseph (not Mary) was said to be a descendant of King David. That makes Jesus the son of Joseph…therefore (if he existed), he was not a demi-god. If Jesus existed…he was just a human that only created fools, of which Dianne Reidy is proof.

  • kenofken

    They should make her Speaker of the House. Her rant is the most lucid and responsible thing to come out of that body in years.

  • Richard Wade

    Just as the guards dragged her away escorted her out and her voice became inaudible, I thought I heard her saying something about “polluting our precious bodily fluids.” Did anybody else hear that?

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein helping to keep the Freemasons from writing a Constitution that goes against God and pollutes our precious bodily fluids.

    • 3lemenope

      “In the name of Her Majesty and the Continental Congress, get over here and feed me this belt!”

  • anniewhoo

    According to H.R. 347, she has knowingly impeded or disrupted the orderly conduct of government business. Her penalty is either a fine or imprisonment, or both. Or, she can go with mental breakdown. If she sticks with the former, will she be punished?

    And who is Molly? I could have sworn I heard calming voices trying to get “Molly” to calm down.

  • Baby_Raptor

    I sincerely hope that, one day, you mature enough to learn that not all Muslims are terrorists, and that Christianity is just as bad as Islam.

    • Robin

      We know that baby, we know.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Hopefully she’ll get punished. The Right will have their inevitable martyrbation fit, but who cares?

    “Who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.”

    Also, this? Hasselbeck can fuck right off. She wouldn’t be saying that if the person who’d went on this rant had mention anyone but Jesus. Or no god at all. If that had happened, she’d be screaming about how Republicans’ lives were endangered, and how come Obama can’t keep his “paid minions” under control?

    • lorimakesquilts

      Punishment is a bad idea. Then she’ll be a martyr. She needs to be fired or moved to another, less public, less important position. And counselling, lots of counselling. Bless her little heart.

  • Matt Bowyer

    Anyone who claims to be compelled by a “holy spirit” is a person that I want to be very far away from.

  • Astreja

    I’m wondering how long it’ll be before someone decides to run a check on her recent transcriptions, to make sure she didn’t embellish them by typing in tongues.

    (Disclaimer: I have a personal interest in this matter, as I’m a medical stenographer. If I ever started babbling about the shade of Hippocrates coming to Me to warn that the Yellow Bile Humour Harpies had repatriated the Hepatology Department, I’d hope they’d phone in a security code and nab Me before I typed again.)

    • wright

      Hi, Astreja! I thought about posting a link from here to whywontgodhealamputees, but on reflection I didn’t want to give any more attention to this lunacy.

      Wish I could plus you more than once for the “Yellow Bile Humor Harpies” line…

      • Astreja

        Thanks, Wright! I fear that we can’t put the lid on the lunacy, ‘tho; This story has shown up on virtually every forum I go to.

  • Anna

    Wow. Just when I think I can’t be more shocked by the state of religiosity in our country, something like this happens.

  • Robster

    Ooohhh..voices in my head, must be the holy spook…

  • baal

    I think we should be less negative on the appearent mental illness this women exhibits. I find it mostly sad that her religion either induced this type of outburst or allowed her cover to avoid treatment.

    That said, you don’t get to have outbursts like that at work for most anyreason and stay employed. Her clear bias may mean she’s out side the guildlines for ‘non-partizan’ positions in the house. Further, as another poster noted – it’s not ok and possibly illegal to disrupt the Fed House.

    • Lando

      “it’s not ok and possibly illegal to disrupt the Fed House”… Unless you’re busy keeping the government shut down

  • mikespeir

    I think the Holy Spirit needs to get back on his meds.

  • Mark Heil

    Of course my local news just showed the video of her being removed without sound and no explanation of what she was saying.

    • Lando

      To be fair, in every clip I’ve seen, the only thing you can hear in the cspan video is the lady with the gavel asking her to stop. The stenographers microphone wasnt hot on TV, but recorded separately. Maybe the local people couldn’t verify that it was legit, and just reported what they could see

      • Terry Firma

        The sound recording, embedded in my post, is perfectly intelligible and was widely available on the Internet within hours of Ms. Reidy’s outburst.

        • Lando

          I stand corrected – saw it earlier on another site, and they were Separate.

  • evodevo

    And this is the danger – 25% of the country thinks this is just normal. My fundie co-workers call it being “slain in the spirit”, to the point where having seizures in the church aisles is acceptable, nay, encouraged, behavior “I will pour out my spirit on my people” etc. etc. In the 50′s and 60′s, we considered holy rollers aberrant. Now they are mainstream. They were encouraged from the top beginning with Raygun, getting more power every year and now they are a voting minority in Congress, with the clout to nearly bring down the country.

    No wonder we atheists are becoming more vocal. We see the danger coming, and the vast, apathetic middle does not.

    • guest

      “I will pour out my spirit on my people”
      Isn’t that a bukake movie? Maybe they should rethink their stance on contraception and wear some protection at these services.

      • evodevo

        Try Joel 2:28-32, and also Ezekial – judgement passages that reek of schadenfreude over the terrible things that will befall the “unbelievers”, etc.

  • Gabriel

    Her mental illness is going to go untreated. Her husband is nuts also. She has two young children. What could go wrong?

  • wickedgrin

    If Reagan would not have screwed our country when it comes to mental health care, crazy like this would have been met with a straight jacket and a comfy bed in an asylum. This shit makes me sick. She says the holy spirit led her to do this, and yet if they holy spirit would have told her to kill the closest congressman to her left she would have been tried for murder with no regard to her religious teaching and insanity would have been considered. So why the double standard, fundamentalist right wing nuts? It is not as if god is above murder.

  • Gus

    That there are people who find her behavior acceptable, even praiseworthy, is the truly disturbing thing about this.

    It’s also another perfect example of how people always manage to believe devoutly in a god who agrees with them. Of course the holy spirit moved her, she was speaking out against Obamacare, and we all know God hates Obamacare. Now if she made the same speech but clearly focused it on say, Republican cuts to food stamps, because Jesus wants us to feed the hungry, suddenly I bet she’d be mentally ill rather than moved by the holy spirit.

  • Stephen Mahi

    I’ve posted about this on “Christian” forums, and so far this is what I’ve gleaned from responses to my posts:
    1) She acted unprofessionally = persecution
    2) She was forcibly removed from the podium = persecution
    3) She perhaps needs a mental evaluation = persecution
    4) Just because rules apply to everyone does not mean you’re being persecuted = persecution.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Why don’t they yank Bachmann off the floor when she pulls this shit?

  • Robin

    I saw that the other night but couldn’t tell what she was saying. Wondered how a loony could get through security in the house, I guess if you are there long enough you just turn loony toons.

  • MKW

    “…level headed wonderful woman of God.”
    Translation: Bat shit insane moron with a persecution fetish and imaginary friends.

  • Oranje

    Anyone who takes a podium like that which isn’t theres and starts shouting is probably going to get a psych eval, regardless of content.

  • SansDeus

    Reading about the Freemasons they have a requirement of a belief in a supreme being… Oh wait I know! It must not be HER god..

  • Matt D

    For someone who calls themselves “King”, you sure act like a spoiled princess.

    • Feminerd

      Hey now, no gender slurs. You’re implying that princesses are somehow worse than princes- don’t do that. Spoiled child or spoiled royalty would work as gender neutral alternatives.

      And yes, this is incredibly minor. It’s still worth pointing out.

      • Matt D

        Well, the next time I speak to trolls, I’ll keep the political correctness of my insults in mind.

  • RedGreenInBlue

    While trying to work out why Dianne Reidy posed for a smiling photo with security (the photo does come right after the sentence about her being escorted from the room), I saw that her salary as a stenographer is reported to be $126K/year (= approx. £78K/year). Not bad – that’s more than the basic salary of my wife, who is a consultant doctor in a busy ICU!

    I’m not criticising the size of the salary – just a bit surprised. Maybe whoever sets salaries recognises the chronic psychological trauma of having to listen to a bunch of politicians arguing day in, day out, and attentively enough to accurately transcribe their drivel for posterity?

  • Adrian M. Kleinbergen

    It would have been hilarious if she had yelled out “Thor will not be mocked!” Then banged on her table with one of those plastic toy “Thor” hammers that make an electronic “Crash” noise each time you bang it.

  • SeekerLancer

    It has more than a little to do with most Muslim majority countries being third world countries.

    Christianity isn’t exactly friendly in nations less developed than the United States. May I direct you towards the witch hunts and homosexual slayings by Christians in Africa?

    I am not arguing that Islam isn’t responsible horrible atrocities, or even calling you an Islamaphobe. The readers of this blog have little love of Islam, I assure you.

    “Whose religion is worse,” shouldn’t be a contest. I have no intention of arguing about who the “bigger threat” is because that’s irrelevant. People doing terrible things in the name of any religion is equally unacceptable.

    And all of that has nothing to do with a crazy lady shouting about god and free masons in front of Congress. Your post was more about constructing a Democrat strawman than it was insulting Muslims anyway.

    • Terry Firma

      It was a joke (at least, that’s how I read it), but one with a kernel of truth.

      Many Republicans hate everything that’s foreign, especially anything associated with Islam. Many liberal Democrats, on the other hand, keep trying to argue that Islam is a harmless lovey-dovey religion except for a handful of naughty malcontents.

      Both positions are naive, provincial, and worth calling out. King Dave said nothing wrong that I can see.

  • Nemo

    I agree with you. Islamic fundamentalism is worse than Christian fundamentalism globally. In America, the latter is worse for us, but on the grand scale, the former is worse. There. I said it.

  • stop2wonder

    I’m curious. For those who actually believe this was a message from God channeled through her…does this mean God denounces our Constitution?

    That will put some Republicans in a real pickle: Do you denounce God or denounce the Constitution?