In this video, Chris Hedges states that Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris have 'sanctified' violence against Muslims because [Muslims] are barbaric.


Are there any instances that Sam Harris has ever 'sanctified' (as in to entitle to reverence or respect) violence against Muslims?


I have followed Sam Harris for quite sometime - and perhaps due to a bias - I do not recall such sanctification. I know that Sam Harris disdains religion, especially Islam, but that isn't the same as sanctification.

To be more fair to Chris Hedges, Christopher Hitchens did openly support the invasion of Iraq by US and Coalition forces due to Saddam Hussein breaking UN Resolutions.

  • @DJClayworth Chris Hedges didn't use the word "Sanctioned." – Ruut Nov 2 '15 at 14:51
  • Can you provide a quote of what Chris Hedges is saying? – Christian Nov 2 '15 at 15:39
  • I closed this question because I don't think it is clear enough to answer. Does this blog post 'sanction violence'? It depends what that means. – Oddthinking Nov 2 '15 at 15:41
  • technically speaking, you can't "sanction" something unless you have a legal/political power to do so. You can "incite", but not "sanction", if you're a private individual. So the answer is "no". – user5341 Nov 2 '15 at 16:23
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    Harris has a podcast on which he says in virtually every episode that he doesn't sanction violence against all Muslims. So I'd say no. – PointlessSpike Nov 3 '15 at 9:11

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