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‘This is not one nation under God’: House stenographer taken from the floor after bizarre outburst

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:06 EDT
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House stenographer pulled from the floor after bizarre outburst [C-SPAN]
 
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An unidentified woman acting as a stenographer for the House of Representatives was dragged off the floor late Wednesday night after she went to the dais and began yelling about religion.

“He will not be mocked,” the woman yelled. “He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was.”

Update, 11:11 p.m. EST: The full text of the woman’s speech is below:

He will not be mocked. He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God. It never was. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been — the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, lord Jesus Christ.

Update, 11:17 p.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that the woman made her way to the rostrum during the House vote on an agreement to end the government shutdown. Rep. Julian Castro (D-CA) reportedly told the AP the woman had a “crazed look on her face.” She was described as a longtime employee of the House.

Update, 11:49 p.m. EST: The Atlantic identified the woman as Dianne Reidy. Also, Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reported that, after being interviewed by Capitol police, Reidy was taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Watch video of the incident, published by the Washington Post, below.

Listen to audio of the woman’s outburst, posted by Todd Zwillich, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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