In reference to the honoring of women in many countries on International Women's Day, March 8, evangelical leader Franklin Graham said it was women who stayed with Christ at the Cross and first saw Him resurrected, and added that "Christianity honors women" but this is not evident in some "Islamic countries where women have no rights and are treated as property."
In a March 8 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham wrote, "#ADayWithoutAWoman? I hope not. It was women who remained close to Jesus during His crucifixion. It was women who made it their priority to tend to His body after His death."
"It was women—Mary and Martha—who were the first to see Jesus resurrected," said Graham. "Christianity honors women and holds them in high esteem unlike some other faiths."
"You sure don’t see that in Islamic countries where women have no rights and are treated as property," he said.
"I’m so thankful for my mother Ruth who was tough as nails and meant so much in my life," said the reverend. "And for my wife Jane who has been by my side, putting up with me for over 40 years."
"Let’s turn this around—take a minute to share in the comments below about a woman who has meant a lot in your life."
Franklin Graham, 64, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Pastor Billy Graham. Franklin Graham runs the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He is married, has five children, and frequently preaches in the United States and abroad.
Jane Cunningham Graham. (BGEA)