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Alabama murderer is suing state to allow imam to be with him when he is executed

(CNN)Dominique Ray wants an imam by his side when the state of Alabama puts the murderer to death. But Alabama's policy is to have a Christian chaplain in the room, who often kneels next to the death row prisoner and will pray with the inmate if asked. Ray and his attorneys feel his religious rights have been violated and have taken their case to court, getting a stay of the execution that is scheduled for Thursday."If Mr. Ray were non-Catholic Christian, he would have a spiritual adviser of faith," attorney Spencer Hahn said Wednesday. "... Because he happens to be Muslim, just as if you were Buddhist, he is being treated differently than everybody else, purely because of his religion." They have petitioned the court to have the chaplain ...