sam harris is actually a bigot though. glenn greenwald eviscerated him. harris may not be a "genocidal fascist maniac" (this is entirely dependent upon whether you would describe the US government as fascist because he is a fuging bootlicker) but he's quite clearly a genocidal imperialist maniac. sam harris supports torture and racial profiling, and often frames discussion of the muslim world as "us vs. them"
if the only thing different about sam harris was that he wore a white hood he would be mocked by his fans but since he doesn't play dress up and he doesn't sound like a hick it's ok