From the article:
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the execution of a Buddhist inmate on death row because prison officials wouldn’t let his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber, even though they provide chaplains for inmates of some other faiths.
This case is in contrast to a similar case last month, in which the high court permitted the execution of a Muslim inmate who couldn’t have his imam with him at the moment of death. The court provided no explanation for the different result.
I am not a fan of the death penalty, as it is applied poorly with very clear racial disparity.
However, if you are going to literally kill someone, how can you deny them their spiritual adviser. Priest, Imam, or Buddhist adviser should all be allowed. Prisons are a horror show for human rights.
What makes this interesting is they declined a Muslim inmates request last month and let the man die without his Imam.