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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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The everyday-ness of my faith life, accepting the call that ultimately lightens my load rather than burdens me, is the spiritual practice of godparenting because godparents have an audience.
"It's a way of reconnecting ties, rekindling relationships...I hope our primary reason for visiting them (godparents) is not to ask for gifts but to rekindle relationship," added Arada.
Apparently among Latinos, godparents help defray the costs of a wedding.
Research on early Mexico remains uncertain about whether missionaries appointed godparents, made godparent recommendations to converts, or whether Spaniards volunteered.
Candles may be lit and given to the parens and godparents. There may be readings or hymns.
Special Assisatant to the President Christopher 'Bong' Go, who was also listed as a godparent, said he did not receive an invitation.
Maybe it's time for us parents to stop keeping tabs on how much cash so and so godparent was able to give and how much so and so wasn't able to shell out.
If they christen the children, Rod will be first in line to be godparent.
As an adult, I understand that a godparent is more than someone who harbors an orphan.
London, October 14 ( ANI ): The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided on their childhood friends to become the godparents of their son, Prince George, in order to provide him with "stability and normality", it has been revealed.
Supported by schools, businesses and "godparents", he collects shoe boxes filled with gifts, toiletries and toys.
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.