Australian-born business magnate Rupert Murdoch, 83, says Muslims must be held responsible for this week's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, an assault that left 12 people dead and 11 injured. “Maybe most Moslems are peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” Murdoch tweeted Friday.



Murdoch, currently the CEO and chairman of 21st Century Fox, tweeted the message just after the slaughter of five more citizens at a kosher supermarket in Paris Friday. The tweet was retweeted more than 3,700 times and favorited more than 1,800 times.

Though many seemed to agree with Murdoch’s post, a number of people criticized the news mogul’s message, saying just a small number of Muslums are radical and violent.



“You can’t hold an entire religion of billions responsible for the actions of a few,” one user replied.



Murdoch, 83, didn’t back down in light of the vitriolic responses, saying, “Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”

Murdoch isn’t the first public figure to criticize the religion. Last year, host Bill Maher discussed the issue on his HBO talk show “Real Time.”

“What we’ve said all along, and have been called bigots for it, is when there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard,” Maher said in October.