Ideally, atheism and secularism have the advantage of holding reason-based positions, rather than positions dictated by dogma. Blackford uses abortion and euthanasia as great examples of compassionate positions that are independent of religious belief.
Blackford does a much better job than I at illustrating the point, and he does in a somewhat biting, but readable and very nicely written manner. Go check it out.
Also, speaking of compassionate atheists, for those who have been following the Damon Fowler debacle, you'll be happy to know that currently, over
I like to think that despite our relatively recent organizing and community building, we're not doing too shabby.