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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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One of my goddaughters says, "The responsibility of a godparent is to guide the godchild to the right decisions.
The chicks are presently purchased by the Godchild Project rather than hatched.
But the development of the Godchild Project hardly occurred in a straight line.
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Francis of Paula were to appear in Salvador, his executor or the aforesaid godchild was to let the priest or priests maintain the chapel.
Other organizations she has assisted include the Bull Moose Charitable Foundation's Bull Moose Party, the Guatemalan Benefit Dance, The GodChild Project (Antigua, Guatemala/Minneapolis chapter), the United Way of Minneapolis, Little Brother's Friends of the Elderly, Crisis Connection and the President's Summit.
She leaves her devoted daughter, Dina Wilson and her husband Travis of San Antonio, TX; her brother, Michael Veshia and his wife Abigail of Southbridge; her nephew and Godchild, Joshua Veshia and his wife Karla of Boston; her niece and Godchild, Holly Veshia and her boyfriend Justin Linnehan of Worcester; and two step-nephews, Mark Denault and his wife April of Southbridge and James Denault of Framingham.
There's also a first edition of The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes inscribed by Arthur Conan Doyle to a godchild.
Aeon Flux (Theron) is the top undercover operative for an underground rebellion, sent on a mission to assassinate Trevor Godchild (Csokas), leader of the ruling scientists.
Whether it's your own son or daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild or godchild, our personalised Santa letter will bring the magic of the festive season to life.
Armed with only a few leaking canteens, they set off through a barren, scorching, and more than slightly biblical wilderness in hopes of delivering their thirsty godchild to an oasis where he, at least, will find plenty to drink.
Since the death of the godchild cut the ties binding coparents together, perhaps parents who wished to continue those ties would have their coparents repeat the performance.