Allegations that President Obama's administration is suppressing the religious motives of terrorists sparked a debate between Muslims over the nature of terrorism and the utility of discussing "political Islam" in public settings.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, convened a Judiciary subcommittee hearing to discuss the "consequences of agency efforts to deemphasize Radical Islam in combating terrorism," which, by a tragic coincidence, took place as reports unfolded of an Islamic State-linked bombing at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey that killed more than 30 people.

The hearing featured aggressive accusations that President Obama's administration has suppressed information that could have helped identify prospective terrorists due to "wilful blindness" about the attackers' religious motives. But the lawmakers seemed more interested in the overt disagreement between two Muslim activists who have opposing views about the relationship between theology and terrorism.

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