House of Representatives stenographer Dianne Reidy was forcibly removed from the House chamber after taking over the microphone and yelling about God and the Free Masons. The chaos took place shortly after a last-minute deal reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling was passed.
"Do not be deceived," Reidy said from the floor. "God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand."
The Sergeant-at-Arms then escorted Reidy from the floor and out of the chambers. Reidy continued on while she was escorted, and Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International managed to capture the rest of her rant on tape.
"He will not be mocked; He will not be mocked… don't touch me… He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God," Reidy continued. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. It would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus."
Reidy was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, given her unusual behavior, which many noted was completely out of character for the stenographer. She was also interviewed by police, but no charges are expected to be filed.
"She's a well-known person, she's a perfectly nice person, a good colleague, somebody who's respectable and dependable, and this is very surprising to everybody who works with her," CNN reporter Dana Bash said on-air.
The House has been on-edge given the anger and protests surrounding the government shutdown, shooting of a woman who drove her car into the White House gates, and the man who set himself on fire in the national mall.
"Reidy came up to the podium area beneath where I was standing and asked me if the microphones were on," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told Fox News. "I said that I didn't know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me. Then she suddenly faced the front and said words like 'Thus spoke the Lord.' And 'This is not the Lord's work.' I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing, and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul."
Watch footage of Reidy's rant HERE: