Supreme Court Divided Over Death Row Inmate’s Request to Have Pastor Pray and Lay Hands On him Prayer During Execution

John Henry Ramirez is scheduled to be executed in September. He wants his Baptist pastor to lay hands on him as he dies. “It would just be comforting,” he said. Credit…Matthew Busch for The New York Times

Some Supreme Court justices said this week they are skeptical of a death row inmate’s request to have his pastor pray out loud and touch him during his execution.

Executions in the inmate’s state of Texas have been delayed while the Supreme Court considers the issue.

According to CBS 11, during arguments this week, many of the court’s conservative justices said requiring Texas to allow the request could lead to even more accommodations for death row inmates.

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Amanda Casanova

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