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Today artists are lobbying for fully equal rights for LGBTs, so the struggle continues.

The first step begins when people who are dissatisfied with the status quo start persuading other people that change is necessary.

According to the Bible, from cover to cover, slavery was kosher.

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" On a larger scale, modern societies increasingly say "Gross, that's disgusting! So if a boy wants to be popular, he needs to stop picking his nose in public, a girl needs to do the same, and if a nation wants to be admired, it needs to stop practicing racism and intolerance. The god of the Bible, Yahweh (Jehovah) never condemned slavery.

Public opinion determines what is acceptable and what isn't, so poets and songwriters who influence public opinion play important roles in human social progress. Moses, the first and greatest of the Hebrew prophets even said that fathers could sell their own daughters as sex slaves, with the option to buy them back if they didn't "please" their new masters (Exodus 21).

Nor did Jesus, even though according to the Bhe associated with men who owned slaves.

Saint Paul even returned a runaway slave to his Christian master, Philemon!

"Leaves of Grass" was Walt Whitman's eloquent call for a freer, more tolerant America, including tolerance for homosexuals Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were accomplished poets who wrote the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence in ringing iambic pentameter: "We HOLD these TRUTHS ..." and it is a poem that continues to change the world, hopefully for the better.

Abraham Lincoln was another accomplished poet who wrote his own speeches, including "The Gettysburg Address." Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is Your Land" after hearing Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" and ftoo saccharine for his taste.

Moses also said that when prisoners of war were taken only the virgin girls should be kept alive, obviously as sex slaves (Numbers 31), and that girls who had been raped could be murdered or sold to their rapists (Deuteronomy 22).

None of the other Hebrew prophets ever clearly denounced slavery.

The Hyper Texts Songs and Poems that Changed the World The Most Influential Poems of All Time The Most Influential Songs of All Time Are there songs and poems that helped change the world for the better? Singers and songwriters who helped change the world for the better include Pete Seeger ("We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer"), Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land"), Billie Holiday ("Strange Fruit"), Paul Robeson ("The Ballad of Joe Hill"), Sam Cooke ("A Change Is Gonna Come"), James Brown ("Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud"), Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin ("Respect"), John Lennon ("Imagine," "Give Peace a Chance," "Revolution" and "Happy Xmas/War is Over"), George Harrison ("Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth"), Marvin Gaye ("Mercy Mercy Me" and "What's Goin' On?

"), Janis Ian ("Society's Child" and "At Seventeen"), Melanie Safka ("Lay Down"), Jimi Hendrix ("Machine Gun"), Crosby Stills and Nash ("Ohio"), Bruce Springsteen ("Born in the USA"), Bob Marley of the Wailers ("Get Up Stand Up"), Michael Jackson ("Man in the Mirror"), Edwin Starr ("War"), Cat Stevens ("Peace Train"), Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman"), Billy Joel ("Saigon" and "Allentown"), Lady Gaga ("Born this Way"), U2 ("Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride: In the Name of Love"), Chuck D of Public Enemy ("Fight the Power"), Bob Geldof and Midge Ure ("Do They Know It's Christmas") and Adam Lambert ("Mad World").

Julia Ward Howe's lyrics were sung by many a Union soldier fighting to end slavery and preserve the Union during the Civil War.