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Not sure why some of these comments are getting thumbed down. Originally, a godparent would be the person who would sponsor the child at his/her baptism. Their role, as others have said, is to 'make sure' the child continues their faith if something would happen to the parents. Yes, the faith aspect may not play as big as a role for some people but to say religion has nothing to do with it is quite silly.

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My godfather is an atheist and so is my godmother. It doesn't have much to do with religion anymore. ^ proof. You don't need to believe in god to be godparents.

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That doesn't even make sense. A godfather is someone who looks after the child if something were to happen to the parents you idiots....

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Why would you have a child christened unless it was a religious thing? The words of the service dedicate the child to the service of God. That seems pretty religious to me, and exactly why none of my children were christened.

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22 - it's also another word for setting the person as the child's legal guardian should something happen to the child's parents Do you have something in place for your 4 children should something happen to you? I'm sure you do, and those people would be referred to as your children's god parents

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#3 is right. To officially be a god parent it's a religious thing. In order for my sisters children's god parents to be official they had to be confirmed Catholics. Since my kids god parents aren't religious we just keep it unofficial

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That assumption is wrong. Its' roots are in religious upbringing, and the honor of the spirit is still important for its continuation. The friend with no belief in god understands this.

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#77 You're both right. It was a political thing as women were considered property way back when and marriage was a business transaction between the father of the bride and the husband, as the father "sold" his daughter by way of the dowry.

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Not necessarily. Some of my atheist friends also have godparents, it's an option you can take when getting civicly married : you basicly choose the people you want taking care of your child if anything happens

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BS. I'm an agnostic, (which in case u don't know, is not believing in any organized religion, but respecting other people's) and I don't believe in Jesus, but so what? being a godfather has nothing to do with religion. Even if it does, you don't have to be religious. Youre not a priest, just be there for the child. Big whoop.

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BS. I'm an agnostic, (which in case u don't know, is not believing in any organized religion, but respecting other people's) and I don't believe in Jesus, but so what? being a godfather has nothing to do with religion. Even if it does, you don't have to be religious. Youre not a priest, just be there for the child. Big whoop.

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Godparents are not the same thing as legal guardians. My godparents are not the same people who would have been my guardians if my parents died before I became an adult. Also, most people I know have two or three godparents. How would they decide which one gets the child? My mom is the legal guardian of four children if something happens to their parents; she is only the godmother of two of them.

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#163: i was under the impression that 'agnostic' meant that you believed in a higher power, but do not associate with any given religion. because atheists can not believe in any organized religion, but respect other people's as well ;) interesting fact: according to the dictionary, agnostic means "a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience."

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#56 Being named a godparent is a religious rite, practiced mainly in Catholicism. Outside of that, the legal term is contingent guardian

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Thank you, 167, I was about to correct him/her but you beat me to it. I'm agnostic because I truly believe human's can't know whether a higher power exists or not, and I really don't like when people throw that word around when they don't know the definition.

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There's nothing saying that this is a religious context though. There are a lot of people that view a godparent as someone who would care for the child should something happen to the parents.

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Actually, agnosticism is more of an unsureness about religion; you don't believe in god or religion, bu you don't have a strong disbelief in the religious system, either. Saying that agnostic means a respect for other people's religion implies that Athiests don't have this respect. This is not true at all. Sure, there are athiests that would love to see religion disappear, but all altheist means is someone who does not belive in a god, and chooses not to be associated with a religion. I am an at

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In order to be a god parent in any religion, (the only place you would be a god parent) you must be of that faith. The church that the baptism is to occur is going to require that you are in good standing with that religion. During the ceremony the priest, pastor, officiant is going to ask the god parents if you are willing to continue the religious education in the absence of the parent(s). So if he is atheist then he cannot perform this function. If you are looking for a guardian, then I am su

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just wanted to say thanks. I have dealt with a number of atheist who want me to respect their viewpoint but then act like any believer is beneath them and too foolish to live. Thank you for your tolerance wish there was more of it in the world

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Well, to be fair, since it was originally religious, you can't really blame him for seeing it that way. Just because he has a different perspective doesn't mean he's stupid. And honestly, OP probably explained immediately after that he meant it in the legal sense and not the religious, so it wasn't even a big deal.

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44- it becomes a legal concept when something happens to OP and the other parent. A godparent is more of a legal guardian nowadays than it is for religious upbringing.

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How is it rude? Consider it an honor to be chosen to love and care for a child, no matter what the so-called religious "roots" from long ago. OP meant well.

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#4 & 68. Perhaps you should look up the meaning of the term "Idiot Savant". To quote a well known spaniard..."I do not think it means, what you think it means."

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74, I think 64 was clarifying your meaning because of the "Um. What?" comment. Despite popular belief, not all commenters are here just to insult the intelligence of others.

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6- People on here thumb down when they don't know the meaning of a word. Rather than asking the commenter, they thumb you down for using words out of an everyday vocabulary.

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Minus the angry, I'm with 6/74. Stupid is the real problem, and stupidity has infected many believers and atheists alike. Don't be stupid.

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Why's it gotta be the Bible? Why not Koran-thumping? Hmmm? Somebody's a little prejudice if I do say so myself.

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Explain what? A godparent is responsible for the religious upbringing of a child if the parents die and is expected to support their religious upbringing throughout their life. The guy shouldn't have been cross about it, but the parent also shouldn't have asked.

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^idiots should not just keep spouting the same text book definition of the word when it's obvious that's not the common usage of the word today.

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58, so the issue here seems to be that most people today are ignorant of the words true meaning while the friend is using it properly?

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I always felt that these days being a Godparent is a way to bring a best friend closer to the family. I'm an Atheist, but I was over the moon when my best friend asked me to be Godmother. As a fellow Atheist, I think OPs best friend is overreacting.

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Godparents are a 100% religious concept, with absolutely no legal standing at all. The word has not "evolved in meaning" just because many people cling to ceremonies without understanding the actual meaning behind them. I find it amusing that atheists know more about religions than the people who believe in them.

Well apparently he's not the one to be the godparent, I thought it did have something to do with religion though

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Wouldn't matter. You can be atheist and still be religious. I think religion offers many valuable community services and opportunities, still doesn't mean there's a god figure who cares about us all.

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I think he means having religious values. The people he speaks of are the reason the Jeffersonian bible was written

A godfather does not have to be a religious thing. They are really just someone who you want to be a part of your child's life, help he/she make the right decision in life and help them if they need it. My son's godfather is not religious at all but he was very great full when we asked him.

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I agree. I'm an atheist and my best friend wanted me to do all that without the religious part. When her son was born, we just renamed it to sun mommy and sun child. When we people ask who I'm not familiar with, I just say godmother. It doesn't bother me.

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Yes god parent is a religious thing. Unless its the mafia version and most of those are catholic so it still is a religious thing.

A godparent is a tradition in Catholicism, so that's why he would see that as an "insult". FYL because he could have just declined nicely.

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Aww, you can twist words, how cute! You and lonely_heart_89 should get get married and have derp children together or some shit, you're perfect for each other.

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You know, the term "GODparent" does, actually, have the word "God" in it, so forgive me for correctly thinking that it has something to do with religion... There's no need for the name-calling, either.

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