The New Atheists, Ponies, and Alcohol

As Kelley Freeman showed us last month, the best way to make the Four Horsemen — Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett — appealing to women is to turn them into ponies.*

The Four Horsemen (Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and Hitchens) drawn as ponies

Now, Kelley (of the Pastafarians at USC) and Katie Hartman (of the Missouri State branch of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) have teamed up to turn those ponies into something everyone can appreciate: Shot glasses!

And they feature the lovable Four Horseponies!

You would think the Hitchens glass would be a little larger than the others…

Anyway, Kelley and Katie are selling the shotglasses for $19.99 a set — with all proceeds being split equally between their two groups. Even if you don’t drink, the money’s going to two fantastic student groups — and they’ll make a great gift! So get a set for that special atheist lady in your life* :)

*Sarcasm

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Trina

    lol – guess I’m one of those women who’s an exception.  Though I can think of friends (not all female) who’d enjoy it as a gift!  Now, to go read Kelley’s original thoughts; can’t wait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.hasbrouck Dave Haaz-Baroque

    Actually, the new ‘My Little Ponies’ is super popular with the 18-35 male demographic. Haven’t you heard of the phenomenon of ‘Bronies?’

    • Eshlaaaad

      usually directly to someone quite far along the autism spectrum

  • Timothy Kersting

    “appealing to women is to turn them into ponies.*”

    Twilight Sparkle is very disappointed in your continued dismissal of bronies and prescribes you an episode of Season 2 on the 17th.

    • Kelley Freeman

      That’s my 21st birthday! Ponies and alcohol YEEEAAH

      • Kelley

        PS I <3 bronies! Pegasisters and bronies fo' LYFE

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Andreas-Miller/1193275073 Ian Andreas Miller

      YAY!  Fellow bronies!

  • Nora

    hahahah. don’t need someone to buy those for me- they’re awesome, gift for myself, yes please!

    • Nora

      next should be atheist pokemon shot glasses- gotta catch ‘em all!

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine

    Eeee! I must buy these, and I don’t even drink things that go in shot glasses! (Rock glasses, yes)

  • http://twitter.com/aliadeta Grace McCarter

    Putting an asterisk against a sentence to try and not making it sexist dose not work. What’s so hard about putting something like “so get a set for that special pony lover in your life” in place instead? Like REALLY?

    I am close friends with a Bronie, and he would ADORE this set! >_>

    • Drew M.

      You should read the background about these before assuming the worst. Hemant even made a link for your convenience, but since that seems to be too much trouble, let me help you out:

      Katie Hartman made a video *oozing* with sarcasm about how to get women to join the ranks of organized atheists.

      http://youtu.be/qptswvfI3I0  (That’s a video, btw.)

      Kelley Freeman created the Four Bronies, because Katie said in her video (again, this is sarcasm) that “women love the shit out of ponies.”

      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/08/03/a-step-in-attracting-women-to-your-group/  (That’s not a video, btw.)

      Now, follow closely here. Hemant built upon the work of these two people and *gasp* used the same sarcasm they used themselves.

      But hey, don’t let a silly little thing like the truth get in the way of your recreational outrage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Andreas-Miller/1193275073 Ian Andreas Miller

    MLP: FIM is a great show, but episode 15, “Feeling Pinkie Keen,” is one great big middle finger directed at skepticism and critical thinking.

    tl;dr version of the episode: Don’t be so rational, Twilight Sparkle!  You HAVE to take the leap of faith!

    • Timothy Kersting

      Especially considering the fact that Equestria is a world where magic is commonplace but, for some reason, we’re not supposed to accept that Pinkie Pie’s magic is just as normal. Argh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kasha.kershaw Kasha Kershaw

      To be fair, Twilight mentions ‘just because I don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.’ Something that could be applied to things like the ‘Theory’ of Evolution. 
      And every other pony believes in ‘Pinkie Sense’ because they’ve seen it, not because she simply said it to explain away things. So while a lot of the episode could be taken as religious supporting bull, if you put it in regards to their friendship, and consider the world they live in is already ‘magical’ and the only limit to that magic is ‘types’ of ponies, Twilight was kind’ve disregarding ‘facts’ about Equestria to say Pinkie wasn’t magically herself. The creator of the show herself said Earth ponies are connected to the land, so maybe Pinkie’s ‘magic’ is somehow connected to that. 

    • Jake

      Honestly? Twilight also spends much of the episode basically saying “This observable phenomenon doesn’t fit with the things I already know, therefore I reject it.” The only thing that was really anti-skeptic was the end letter to Celestia, and Lauren Faust has admitted that it didn’t come out the way they intended it to at all.

      • Wotan Anubis

        On the other hand, Pinkie isn’t exactly helping her case with stuff like “You just gotta believe” or “You gotta take a leap of faith”. The second one was espeically eyebrow-raising because she was talking about a literal jump. Also, Twilight can teleport so she doesn’t have to take a leap, except that she somehow forgets she can teleport for that one single episode.

        • http://www.facebook.com/kasha.kershaw Kasha Kershaw

          Could be like Fluttershy in the Dragonshy episode. Fear overrode her magic. :) 

          • Wotan Anubis

            Pfft. Twilight could teleport just fine when she was facing off against Nightmare Moon.

            She also didn’t have much trouble teleporting to escape the mob in The Ticket Master.

            • http://www.facebook.com/kasha.kershaw Kasha Kershaw

              She didn’t know how to teleport yet in the Nightmare Moon episode. And In the Ticket Master she teleported specifically because she was wishing to be somewhere else. 

              • Wotan Anubis

                Wait do you mean,  ‘she didn’t know how to teleport yet’? The way she teleported just before locking horns with Nightmare Moon and then reappearing right before what she thought were the Elements of Harmony seems a bit too deliberate a teleport for someone who doesn’t know how to teleport.

                Also, when Twilight had an enraged hydra behind her and a deep chasm in front of her she wouldn’t specifically wish to be somewhere else? I have trouble believing that.

  • Annie

    Any chance of putting these on rocks glasses?  Or juice glasses?  I would buy them in a heartbeat if they were on something I could use.

  • Ashley Will

    This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Count me in!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been resisting my friends attempts to turn me Brony, but this just might do it. I would love a set of these, but this atheist lady will probably just buy it for herself.

  • Wotan Anubis

    Harris and Hitchens are looking awfully feminine there. Only girl ponies have that rounded kind of snout. Boy ponies have a more square one.

  • Ladycopper5

    So funny!  I don’t drink alcohol at all, but I would love to get these, especially the Hitchens one. 

  • Heidi

    Squee again! Want!

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

    I don’t drink alcohol either, but I love these!

  • Nazani14

    As a parent, I can attest that the original LPs were created for little boys who weren’t allowed to play with dolls.  I’ve seen so many boys use them for role-playing, and some comb the manes and tails.

  • My eyes!

    “My Little Ponies” fill me with horror ever since I was made aware of the ClopClop subreddit.

  • The Jabba Wocky

    hope the yellow isnt a refrence to hitchens current ailments …….

  • http://www.facebook.com/Raligan Isaac Sherman

    I want these- are they still available by any chance?


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