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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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There was then a momentary bustle, while the Grand Master and all his attendants, excepting the champion and his godfathers, dismounted from their horses, which were immediately removed out of the lists by the esquires, who were in attendance for that purpose.
In vain his godfather offered to him a place in the public service, -- in vain did he try to give him a taste for glory, -- although Cornelius, to gratify his godfather, did embark with De Ruyter upon "The Seven Provinces," the flagship of a fleet of one hundred and thirty-nine sail, with which the famous admiral set out to contend singlehanded against the combined forces of France and England.
How his mother nursed him, and dressed him, and lived upon him; how she drove away all nurses, and would scarce allow any hand but her own to touch him; how she considered that the greatest favour she could confer upon his godfather, Major Dobbin, was to allow the Major occasionally to dandle him, need not be told here.
She was one of those numerous people who have had godfathers and godmothers, learned their catechism, been confirmed, and gone to church every Sunday, and yet, for any practical result of strength in life, or trust in death, have never appropriated a single Christian idea or Christian feeling.
Macallan will be his godmother; and his godfathers will be Benjamin and Mr.
Gilmore (the latter acting by proxy) were his godfathers.
Besides "The Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," and "Soul Brother Number One," James Brown has earned yet another title: "The Keeper of the Dance.
To question the Godfather was to side with that "vast right-wing conspiracy," and that was an offer the press was all too ready to refuse.
The godfather was equally upset with Lee and asked the Provos to get the pest off his back.
As early as Gratian, canon law had decreed not only a maximum of three godparents but also the specific breakdown: one godfather and two godmothers for a girl, two godfathers and one godmother for a boy.
NYSE: CNK), a leading motion picture exhibitor, is following up the successful presentation of Francis Ford Coppola's restored version of his Academy Award[R]-winning "The Godfather," with an exclusive, one-night only XD presentation of "The Godfather Part 2" on Thursday, April 19, 2012.