In the wake of the attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, many in the Muslim community have come out strongly against the violence, from taking to social media to holding signs reading "Not In My Name" on the streets of Paris.  

For others, that isn't enough: media mogul Rupert Murdoch, for example, stirred controversy Friday when he tweeted that moderate Muslims should be "held responsible" for "destroying the jihadist cancer" in their religion.

But why should moderate Muslims feel responsible for denouncing acts of terror committed by radicals?  Reverend Irene Monroe and  Reverend Emmett C. Price joined Boston Public Radio to discuss.

"I don't feel like, as a Christian, I have to defend every nutcase...that calls themselves a follower of Jesus," Monroe pointed out, saying moderate Muslims were being unfairly held to a different standard than followers of other religions. 

"In some ways, it's asking Muslims what they used to ask African Americans," she continued. "You know, when someone black does something bad, you have to 'speak up' for the race. It has a tinge to me of a racial undertone."

Reverend Price said the attacks should be treated as the actions of individuals, not as expressions of any religion. He pointed out that the Ku Klux Klan, too, used Christianity as a justification for the horrific violence they inflicted on African Americans in the South, but no one would blame Christianity for inspiring those actions.

"There's this radical Islam, but we're not focusing on the people. It's the people who are using the religion to do bad things," Price said. 

However, Monroe and Price agreed that there's one area where Muslims—specifically, former radical Muslims—can make a huge difference: in intercepting trouble youth before they go down the path of violent extremism.

"If you want a more proactive approach, there are many who were part of the radical Islamic theology and have left. They would be the best people to reach out to disaffected youth, because moderate Muslims are not going to reach them any more than we can reach them," Monroe said.

"They understand what hooks them to this form of Islam," she continued.

To hear more from Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price, tune in to their full interview on Boston Public Radio above.