House Stenographer Speaks Out On Religious Rant: 'The Holy Spirit Has Been Waking Me Up'

10/17/2013 08:37 pm ET

As the House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to reopen the federal government and lift the debt ceiling, stenographer Dianne Reidy caused a stir by shouting about God and Freemasons as she was forcibly removed from the floor.

“The House is divided," she yelled. “This is not one nation under God — it never was!”

On Thursday, Reidy reached out to Fox News producer Chad Pergram to explain her outburst.

Fox's Greta Van Susteren posted the email from Reidy on her Gretawire blog:

“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 last night”

Earlier Thursday, Reidy's husband Dan spoke to the New York Post about the incident, telling the paper his wife had been losing sleep since the shutdown began on October 1.

“Two weeks, waking up in the middle of the night. She’s like, I can’t sleep, God’s got me in the work,” he said. "God was preparing her for this vote last night, because this was kind of the culmination of everything."

Dan Reidy, who described himself to the Post as a Pentecostal Christian, said his wife was taken to a hospital and was evaluated by a psychologist before her release.

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