The Supreme Court on Thursday boosted the religious rights of death row inmates, ruling 8 to 1 in favor of a Texas murderer who wants his Baptist pastor to touch him and pray aloud at the time of his execution.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority that the rights of John Henry Ramirez were protected by federal law and that Texas could accommodate his requests without compromising the lethal injection process. The lone dissenter was Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote a lengthy description of Ramirez’s crime in his opinion.
Oh really, so the rights of MURDERING Bastard outweigh those of the victim/s and their family/families SIMPLY because the Murdering Son of a Mange-ridden Gutter-mongrel wants to die with some Con-Merchant whispering magical, mystical religious hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo as he/she of yet another breath of oxygen that someone far more decent, humane, caring and productive to the whole of humanity could make better use of ..
Instead rid the Universe of TWO pieces of useless TRASH and giving them both the Permanent Dreaming solution at the same time.
So everybody has religious rights except people on death row. Must have been a real toss-up for Thomas, supporting religion or supporting punishing people. I guess he believes in that OT God who just smites people, not so much the compassionate, love-thy-neighbors angle.
I'm sure the pastor has done all kinds of touching. Maybe Ramirez can cry at the right moments and then be assured he is entering Heaven real soon. How nice would that be? Maybe we could simply strap him in and tell him he s going on a ride at Disneyland..