Rupert Murdoch pushes exception for 'proven Christian' refugees -- and Twitter quickly hammers him
CEO and founder of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch is pictured on Nov. 19, 2013. [AFP]

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:

Of course, Twitter users demanded proof that Murdoch himself could pass the test after such a statement:

Others provided sarcastic suggestions for enforcing this kind of test:

One user knocked Murdoch while also tying in his bizarre statement of support for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson:

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:

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