“Politics, Church and Danish Women”

While reading the local newspaper down here in the Southwest, the undersigned read an article which he felt would no doubt be good material for The Standard Bearer. With this in mind this article was written and mailed along with the newspaper clipping to the editor.

It concerns a Mrs. Bodil Koch, director of ecclesiastical affairs for the Danish Government. This article points out with praise the typical trend of the times to give women an equal place with men in all spheres of life, even the ministry.

Denmark, a little nation of 4 1/2 million, first granted women suffrage in 1908, 12 years earlier than in the United States. Since then women have come a long way??? in Denmark. 

“I don’t believe the Danish Government would dare not to have at least one woman minister,” said the 57-year-old Mrs. Koch. She was appointed church minister in 1953. Her job is the enforcement of all constitutional provisions concerning the church in a country which is about 95% Lutheran. 

“My one fierce struggle,” she smiled, “was to see that one of the bishops ordained a woman. Our law permits women to be clergymen. I won.” Mrs. Koch was officially invited to visit Red China. She was impressed with the seriousness of communist youth. Said Mrs. Koch, “In Denmark our youth are happy with a motor scooter and a television set.” 

One wonders if Mrs. Koch, who holds a degree in theology from the University of Copenhagen, knows very much about the Bible. If she does perhaps she will remember Deborah, the 4th judge of Israel, who ruled during a time of apostasy. Deborah deplored the fact that men could not be found to lead the nation of Israel (Judges, ch. 4, vss. 6-9.). 

With Mrs. Koch, far from deploring the fact that men sometimes shirk their duty, she fiercely struggles to claim an equal right to govern alongside of the men. 

Perhaps in time to come Mrs. Koch may be rewarded beyond her wildest dreams. She might even find women given absolutely equal rights. Might even be that women will be privileged to dig ditches alongside the men as they now do in that Utopia—Soviet Russia. Tucson, Arizona. 

—Vernon Graeser