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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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Ana Maria's husband, Rogerio, never appeared as a baptismal godparent, and Maria del Carmen's husband, Marcelino, sponsored only two baptisms.
Candles may be lit and given to the parens and godparents.
And the fact that our son's other godparent had an active faith life made us feel secure in our decision.
Prince William has picked his former university friend Fergus Boyd, whereas Duchess Kate has chosen school friend Emilia d'Erlanger, to be Prince George's godparents, the Mirror reported.
There was also a nod to Diana in the selection of George's godparents.
While to some the notion seems an almost outmoded concept, the paradox is that so many children these days still have at least one godparent - if not more.
She added that godparents don't have to be your best friend and sometimes it can be somebody quite random.
Kate and William's godparent choices are in stark contrast to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's selection for the Duke.
While godparents were relatively unimportant in the Catholicism of my mother's family, in many Catholic communities, particularly in Latin America, the institution of compadrazgo (co-parenting) is crucial to day-to-day life.
Godparents, of course, are a big deal, especially when you're talking about being a godparent to the future king or queen of England.
2 /PRNewswire/ -- Princess Cruises is celebrating the new name of its ship Ocean Princess (formerly Tahitian Princess) by extending an open invitation to anyone wishing to become an honorary godparent for the vessel, with the first-ever virtual christening.
Jen's close pal actress Leah Remini revealed: "Me and my husband, Angelo Pagan, have asked for an audition for godparent roles.