As to $cientologists being "good-hearted, ethical and caring," there is a great deal of truth to that...
Hey, Wieber, can you give some examples?
I've been thinking this over and my cognitive dissonance on it is going full blast. I think I have to eat crow and withdraw my statement.
The people that I knew, including myself, gave lip service to being "good-hearted, ethical and caring" but when it came to actually doing something we didn't. The view that comes from L. Ron Hubbard and that is held by anyone who has been in for much time after their initial indoctrination is that people who are down on their luck, homeless, destitute, beggars on the street and so on are downstat, out exchange, unethical and most likely have committed extremely evil acts on their past track.
This type of statement was used on me over and over: "We are here to help the able become more able. Later on we can come back and pick those people (the hard luck types) up and help them."
The statement, "Help the able become more able," is used a lot in $cientology, almost as much as the statement, "the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics." Both of them, in a way, become justification for not helping people and for doing unethical acts.
In $cientology when a person is going through the transition from raw public to $cientologist; when a person's stats are up; when a person is giving money; when a person is doing what they are told, $cientology is the friendliest most caring place to be in the world, full of good-hearted, ethical and caring people. It's a different matter when any one of those things isn't the case.