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Oct 18 2013

House Stenographer Delivers Bizarre Rant

This is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. At the end of the House vote to end the budget showdown and raise the debt limit Wednesday night, the House stenographer seems to have lost her mind. She stood up and started ranting into the microphone and had to be dragged off the floor.

“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.”

Here’s the audio:

She told Fox News that this message came directly from God:

The court scribe who went on a crazed rant about the Constitution, religion and Freemasons after Wednesday’s vote to reopen the government said God spent the shutdown urging her to speak her mind.

“For the past 2 and ½ 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,” stenographer Dianne Foster Reidy told Fox News’ Chad Pergram in a statement.

“That is what I did last night.”

I’d usually make fun of this person, but I just feel sorry for her. It’s likely that she suffers from serious mental problems and needs help. Unfortunately, her brand of religious fundamentalism will almost certainly prevent her from getting that help because she believes anyone who thinks there’s something wrong with her is controlled by the devil.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night

    Fucking asshole, couldn’t he deliver his message at a more convenient time, like when someone is not sleeping.

  2. 2
    Michael Heath

    Court Stenographer:

    “He [God] will not be mocked,” . . . “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.”

    Ed reports:

    [The stenographer] told Fox News that this message came directly from God.

    Hmm, the same incoherency and remedial communication skills that we observe in the Bible. I think this is compelling evidence the Bible is the word of God.

  3. 3
    John Pieret

    Wow! She makes $126,050 a year and put it at risk for a rant? Serious mental problems indeed.

    her brand of religious fundamentalism will almost certainly prevent her from getting that help

    That’s a safe bet:

    Her husband – a video company owner and former director of the far-right Great Commission Ministries International – defended his wife’s public outburst.

    “My wife is a sweet, level-headed wonderful woman of God,” he told Pergram.

    “I am proud of her.”

  4. 4
    Modusoperandi

    Jesus. That’s kind of sad. I don’t even have a joke.*

    * This is common among stenographers. You try tappa-tappa-tapping on a stenotype for twenty years and see if you don’t start hearing voices.
    * Too soon. She won’t even run for Congress until 2014.
    * Thank God she’s got health insurance.

  5. 5
    bushrat

    Now Ed, it wasn’t a bizarre rant, it was an insane rant. There is nothing bizarre about crazy fundies shouting about God whenever they don’t get their way.

  6. 6
    raven

    Thanks to the fundies, it is getting harder and harder to tell mental illness from their religion.

    The police took her to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

    And shortly after that she was released. Hard to say what that means but they may have decided that she isn’t crazy, she is a Pentacostal xian.

    What the MSM keeps calling a “bizarre rant” is just standard fundie xian god babble. Fox News doesn’t have a problem calling it a message from god.

  7. 7
    doublereed

    Hahaha, modusoperandi. Well done :D

  8. 8
    garnetstar

    At least the Holy Spirit didn’t tell her to drive into the White House barriers or immolate herself on the Mall.

    He was fine with two people doing that, knew it would happen, in fact. But she just got a message that will lose her her job. Blessed be he!

  9. 9
    rory

    I’ll say here what I’ve said elsewhere: if a stenographer stands up in front of Congress and says god wants her to talk about the Freemasons, she gets dragged out by security and sent for a psych evaluation. If a chaplin stands up in front of Congress and says he wants to ask god to help Congress make a decision, that’s perfectly normal and desirable and only a filthy atheist would ever object to it, praise Jesus.

  10. 10
    d.c.wilson

    This must have been a difficult story for Fox. She was praising gawd, which is always good. On the other hand, she was attacking the Founding Fathers, which is bad. How do they spin that?

    But of course, she’s delusional. Everyone knows that the Founding Fathers were fundamentalist Christians just like her and that they received the Constitution directly from dinosaur-riding Jesus. Where did she get this nonsense about them being Free Mason? I mean, just because it’s a historical fact doesn’t mean it’s true.

  11. 11
    colnago80

    Re d. c. Wilson

    Maybe she visits the George Washington Masonic Temple in Alexandria, Va.

  12. 12
    kesara

    “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.

    I´m not an american, so tell me if I get this straight – if you say something negative about the constitution, but love Jesus, the right is totally cool with that. But if you say something negative about the constitution (or something that wasn´t actually negative but could be quote-mined to imply that) without saying how much you love Jesus, then you are an america-hating socialist-nazi-fascist-gestapo-communist-stalinist-SS-brownshirt-hitler-nazi, correct?

  13. 13
    trucreep

    I read an interview with her husband, I guess before she spoke with Fox. What made me sad is that by all accounts she sounds like a really nice woman, really dedicated to her job and actually enjoyed her work. It said how she’d still show up even if she was sick during her pregnancy. Her husband seemed really nice, genuinely concerned, but seems like they’re treating it as the holy spirit really did do this to her. I hope she does take the advice of the psychiatrist and follows-up somewhere.

  14. 14
    eric

    Being that close to Congress, day after day, for years? Having to take down every speech, no matter how innane or untruthful?

    It must have been like looking into the face of Cthulhu. I’m amazed she didn’t crack earlier.

  15. 15
    Jackie, all dressed in black

    if you say something negative about the constitution, but love Jesus, the right is totally cool with that. But if you say something negative about the constitution (or something that wasn´t actually negative but could be quote-mined to imply that) without saying how much you love Jesus, then you are an america-hating socialist-nazi-fascist-gestapo-communist-stalinist-SS-brownshirt-hitler-nazi, correct?

    By George, I think you’ve got it!

    It must have been like looking into the face of Cthulhu. I’m amazed she didn’t crack earlier.

    That statement was just made of win. :)

  16. 16
    wscott

    I’d usually make fun of this person, but I just feel sorry for her.

    Yeah, that was my reaction as well.

    I´m not an american, so tell me if I get this straight

    @ kesara – spot on.

  17. 17
    longstreet63

    I expect she will not actually lose her job.
    A six-figure salaried stenographer is suspicious enough, but one with those connections says to me that this position is what they call ‘political patronage’ and the punishment for embarrassing her patron, whomever that may be, will be no more than a paid leave until everyone has fogotten about her rant on company time. I suspect she and her husband probably bundle quite a bit of fundy money.
    I don’t find it odd that someone could sit there taking down the words of congress and be gradually driven round the bend by it. I find it odd that at that point, their action would be essentially to try and talk sense into them. (from her particular viewpoint) That sort of naivety is breathtaking.

  18. 18
    Loqi

    She was just showing off her Tea Party bona fides so she’ll have a head start in the race to fill Michele Bachmann’s seat. She’ll be able to get a regular spot on Alex Jones’ show, a column in WND, and a cover story in the ever-popular among wingnuts periodical “Everybody Panic About Everything!”

  19. 19
    Area Man

    The court scribe who went on a crazed rant…said God spent the shutdown urging her to speak her mind.

    He was furloughed too, huh?

  20. 20
    Trebuchet

    It’s just occurred to me that this poor lady is actually closer to being correct about both the founders and the constitution than most of the current crop of religio-Republicans, such as, for instance, David Barton.

  21. 21
    Sastra

    When I first read about this I assumed the poor woman was mentally ill and had a sort of breakdown. But, after reading the Fox news story … I’m not so sure. She is “a fan of several Christian-oriented groups, including the evangelical In Touch Ministries, led by TV preacher Charles Stanley” and she’s married to a “former director of the far-right Great Commission Ministries International” who is now “proud of her.”

    Proud? Not “she needs help” … but praising her as some kind of brave heroine? Uh oh.

    Red flags. This might simply be an otherwise mentally normal woman caught inside the craziness of a self-reinforcing fundamentalist peer-group combined with a personal relationship with Jesus. The freemason anti-constitution stuff sounds like what comes out of reconstructionists like North. The fact that she hears voices becomes less indicative of mental illness when you live in a close community where you’re supposed to hear voices.

    So I’ll take a rain check on the insanity explanation. Could be. But I’ll agree with raven here: it IS getting harder to tell mental illness from their religion.

  22. 22
    Doug Little

    He was furloughed too, huh?

    Nothing can escape the wrath of Obama. He He He.

  23. 23
    paulg

    This story serves to point out how ridiculous it is to believe that there’s a part of God called the Holy Spirit whose purpose is to guide us supernaturally. For instance, Bill O’Reilly admits he literally thinks the Holy Spirit guided him to write his books. Just about all Christians believe in the Holy Spirit, but if you asked many they’d say she’s lying because the Holy Spirit wouldn’t do that. It’s crap. 99% of people can handle that belief just fine (I may be overstating that, but whatever), but it’s a stupid, unnecessary belief to put in the hands of the minority that can’t.

  24. 24
    D. C. Sessions

    99% of people can handle that belief just fine (I may be overstating that, but whatever), but it’s a stupid, unnecessary belief to put in the hands of the minority that can’t.

    Sort of like putting a stumbling block before the blind?

  25. 25
    Ichthyic

    * Thank God she’s got health insurance.

    didn’t the house pass legislation exempting employees of being able to receive subsidies under the ACA?

    she might have health insurance…. but she’s gonna have to pay full dollar for it.

    in fact, might be just what sparked the outburst!

  26. 26
    coffeehound

    @ 22,

    Nothing can escape the wrath of Obama. He He He.

    That stupid/fiendishly clever, domineering/ineffectual elected/appointed-by-the-Trilateral Commission, impotent/all powerful, bumbling/devious fool/evil genius.

  27. 27
    billdaniels

    Fox and Friends said that she was being persecuted for her religious beliefs. Steve Doocy said she was just talking about “…our dear lord…” Apparently all Fox personnel and viewers are Christians.
    Fundies love to point out biblical images and verses found on public buildings and monuments but they overlook all of the Masonic symbolism. A quick Google check shows many sites saying nasty things about Masons. They think that they can have it both ways.

  28. 28
    Doug Little

    She stood up and started ranting into the microphone

    The real question is, was she recording what she was saying? If not could she be reprimanded for dereliction of duty?

  29. 29
    cheesynougats

    I am getting tired of Cthulhu getting credit for all the crazy. For crying out loud, he’s only the high priest of the actual Elder Gods. This right here sounds more like Azathoth and the Blind Piper. #shoutouttolovecraft

  30. 30
    shay

    Eric@#14 — considering what she’s had to listen to for the last 16 days, I’m not surprised she snapped, either.

  31. 31
    Pierce R. Butler

    The court scribe who …

    Congress is a court?

    * checks source *

    Nemmind.

  32. 32
    Ichthyic

    It’s likely that she suffers from serious mental problems and needs help.

    interesting choice for a house stenographer then….

    what would have happened if she decided she needed to stab someone instead of just talk?

    nice vetting.

    my guess:

    raging Christians tend to get exceptions from thorough personality checks.

  33. 33
    Ichthyic

    . Steve Doocy said she was just talking about “…our dear lord…


    “I’m just talkin’ ’bout SHAFT!”

  34. 34
    aluchko

    Mentally ill or not the question is how someone like that gets hired. I’m guessing this wasn’t out of the blue and there would have been warnings of some kind.

    It doesn’t say how long she’s had the job but I wonder if this is a symptom of the Tea Party affecting congressional staffing.

  35. 35
    democommie

    I was just moved. I always make sure I wash my hands for at LEAST 20 seconds with a good quality soap and warm water, paying particular attention to the nails and cuticles. Don’t want to cause any food borne illness by leaving bits of “Holy Spirit” on my fingees.

    “then you are an america-hating socialist-nazi-fascist-gestapo-communist-stalinist-SS-brownshirt-hitler-nazi, correct?”

    As far as it goes. You forgot “teh GAY”

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