I think our difficulty in comprehending his apparent self absorption speaks volumes of the level of dysfunction he operates at. It’s so far removed from the balanced psyche that it nearly seems unbelievable.
He preceded his ‘confession’ with self-victimisation, implying justification for his actions. There’s evidence of avoidance of accountability there. And the fact he felt the need to tell someone, I speculate, could be evidence of vestigial principles of absolution from being in the cult. A poorly judged and inappropriate avenue to do so was chosen by him.
To me it seems he’s still very much in the grip of the emotional and psychological control of the cult and his ‘activism’ is his attempt to prove to himself that he’s not. Maybe I’m speculating too deeply here, I don’t know.
Either way, the dude needs lots and lots of therapy