21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch was roundly criticized on Monday after suggesting that, instead of barring all Syrian refugees, that one faith be granted preferential treatment.
“Obama facing enormous opposition in accepting refugees,” he wrote. “Maybe make special exception for proven Christians.”
The tweet can be seen below:
Obama facing enormous opposition in accepting refugees. Maybe make special exception for proven Christians.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) November 16, 2015
Of course, Twitter users demanded proof that Murdoch himself could pass the test after such a statement:
@rupertmurdoch This is about the least Christ like thing i can imagine
— David McMullin (@PreemieD) November 16, 2015
@rupertmurdoch Is Rupert Murdoch a Christian? If so, prove it.
— TheTributeAct (@TheTributeAct) November 16, 2015
@rupertmurdoch wish we could get rid of proven arseholes like you
— TuftedTitmouse (@SoTiredzzz) November 16, 2015
Others provided sarcastic suggestions for enforcing this kind of test:
@rupertmurdoch Check for stigmata?
— Mikey Campbell (@mikeycampbell81) November 16, 2015
.@rupertmurdoch what's the test for "proven Christians?" A recent case of stigmata? Able to show documented proof of slave ownership?
— Anti Glib (@AntiGlib) November 16, 2015
@rupertmurdoch Homeland Security: Quick – what's 23 Psalm? Refugee: Um.. Homeland Security: Off to the camps with this one!
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) November 17, 2015
@rupertmurdoch I would have thought a "proven Christian" would make no distinction between people in dire need
— Patrick Heren (@PatrickHeren) November 16, 2015
Conservatives okay w/ selling AK-47s to people w/o asking if they have criminal or mental issue but refugees must prove they're Christians.
— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) November 17, 2015
@rupertmurdoch yeah because Christians don't shoot up schools or do anything else bad !!!
— Rob Nichols (@TheRealRobN) November 16, 2015
One user knocked Murdoch while also tying in his bizarre statement of support for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson:
@rupertmurdoch should we fasttrack real black proven Christians?
— Mark Travers (@mark_travers) November 16, 2015
Murdoch wasn’t alone in catching flack; BBC presenter Ian Katz was criticized for trying to turn the media mogul’s statement into a pitch for an interview: