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Griner/ Merchant of Death Swap Verifies Biden is the Sin and Death President

By Gary F. Zeolla


      Former WNBA star Brittney Griner was reportedly released by Russia in a prisoner swap for the notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to a U.S. official.

      In February [2022], Griner, a two-time Olympic basketball champion, was arrested by Russia and pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis vape cartridges at an airport near Moscow.

      Possessing seven grams or more carries criminal penalties in Russia. Those can include up to two years of “corrective labor.” Yet Griner was charged with smuggling cannabis into Russia, which holds a prison sentence of five to 10 years. Griner was sentenced to nine years.

      In order to obtain Griner’s release, President Joe Biden authorized Bout to be released from prison and returned him to Russia. Bout will escape 25 years of federal prison time. Bout has served just half the time in prison he received in 2011 (Breitbart. Brittney Griner Released).

    Bout was also granted a commutation by President Joe Biden for his remaining prison time. That means, Bout cannot be re-arrested and imprisoned for his previous crimes to finish his sentence.


Biden Responsible for Resultant Deaths


      This prisoner swap was horrendous and is exactly why I have dubbed Biden the “Sin and Death President.” We give Russia the notorious gun dealer Viktor Bout, known as the “Merchant of Death,” for a woke black lesbian basketball player who hates America.

      The Merchant of Death will now aid Russia in acquiring weapons in its going war against Ukraine. That will in turn cause us to send Ukraine even more weapons to fight back, at much cost to US taxpayers. That all will prolong the war, leading to much more death and destruction in Ukraine. All of that additional shed blood will be on Biden. We will then pay to rebuild Ukraine after the war is finally over, probably years from, at even greater cost to US taxpayers due to this disastrous prisoner swap.

      Bout will also go back to aiding warlords in other countries in acquiring weapons, leading to much suffering and death in those countries. That suffering and death will also be on Biden. Eventually, those weapons will be aimed at Americans, and the blood of those dead Americans will also be on Biden.


      Nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” Bout is a flamboyant arms dealer in his mid-50s with Russian military training. He became a billionaire by raiding the armories of the collapsing Soviet Union in the early 90s and using old Soviet cargo planes to transport his black-market weapons to conflict zones around the world.

      Bout’s criminal genius has been hailed by every international law enforcement agency that went after him. He was smart enough to mix his weapons shipments with more legitimate cargoes, posturing as a humanitarian who just wanted to sell cheap food to starving Africans. Meanwhile, he was selling guns to every bad actor from al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, to both the Taliban and its enemies in Afghanistan. 

      Bout was bagged in Thailand in 2008 while trying to sell weapons to Colombian terrorists who were actually CIA agents in disguise. He was not just selling his murderous Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) customers a few pistols — the deal included “800 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), 30,000 AK-47 firearms, 10 million rounds of ammunition, five tons of C-4 plastic explosives, ‘ultralight’ airplanes outfitted with grenade launchers and unmanned aerial vehicles.”

      “As the evidence at trial showed, Viktor Bout was ready to sell a weapons arsenal that would be the envy of some small countries. He aimed to sell those weapons to terrorists for the purpose of killing Americans. With today’s swift verdict, justice has been done and a very dangerous man will be behind bars,” then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said after Bout’s 2011 conviction (Breitbart. Rumors).


      If this sale had gone through, the resultant terrorist attack on the USA would have dwarfed 9/11. And now, Bout is free to orchestrate a similar arms sale to those who hate America.


Griner’s Skin Shade and Lesbianism Got Her Released


      Meanwhile, the reason Biden was so intent on getting Griner back home was because of her skin shade and sexual orientation. We know that, as Mark Fogel, a teacher from here in southwestern PA, is being held in Russia on the same charge as Griner, possession of medical marijuana. However, there is not even talk about his release, even though he has been in captivity in Russia longer than Griner was.


      Fogel, 61, has been detained in Russia since August 2021 when authorities there found about 17 grams of medical marijuana in his luggage.

      Since arriving at the penal colony, Fogel, a longtime teacher, has met with representatives from the American Embassy for two hours and been able to call his family in the United States several times. But his family said Thursday [12/8/22] they have received no word that a prisoner swap is in the works for him.

      “It’s good that Brittney is on her way home. She doesn’t deserve to be there,” said Fogel’s sister Lisa Hyland, of O’Hara [near Pittsburgh]. “It’s devastating Marc’s not part of that. I just hope they’re working just as hard for him as they are for her” (Trib live. Family).


      Fogel, 61, has a severe medical condition that’s given him chronic pain for decades. He has undergone three back surgeries, a spinal fusion, a hip replacement and two knee surgeries (Trib Live. U.S. senators).


      Despite his greater time already served in Russia, his longer sentence (14 years), and his severe health conditions, the Biden administration is not working hard on Fogel’s release as it did with Griner. That is because he does not the fill intersectional boxes that Griner does. He has the  misfortune to be a white, normal male who is not famous.


      Like Griner, his crime is related to marijuana. He was in possession of about 17 grams of medicinal marijuana used to battle chronic spinal pain that has plagued him for decades. In Pennsylvania, that’s fine. In Russia, it resulted in drug possession and smuggling charges.

      Fogel is 61, 30 years older than Griner. He doesn’t tower over the guards even if cameras were trained on him. But he is a teacher, not a basketball star, so cameras were never really a factor (Trib live. U.S. should).


      If Fogel were to be released, he would go back to the meaningful job of a teacher. But what will Griner do now that she is home? She will go back to her incredibly meaningless job of dribbling a basketball.


Griner’s Hatred for American vs. a US Marine


      Griner will probably also go back to displaying her hatred for America. She had previously called for the National Anthem to not be played before WNBA games and stayed in the locker room when it was played. Former President Donald Trump had it correct when he posted the following on his Truth Social site:


      What kind of a deal is it to swap Brittney Griner, a basketball player who openly hates our Country, for the man known as “The Merchant of Death,” who is one of the biggest arms dealers anywhere in the World, and responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and horrific injuries. Why wasn’t former Marine Paul Whelan included in this totally one-sided transaction? He would have been let out for the asking. What a “stupid” and unpatriotic embarrassment for the USA!!!


      Most conservatives are focusing on Paul Whelan, since he is an US Marine and has been held in Russia for four years. But I am focusing on Fogel, as the cases are closer, with both being held on the same charge, and he is from my home area.

      But it must be noted, the Biden administration is claiming their option was Bout for Griner or no one. They are saying a swap for Whelan was not on the table. However, NBC News initially reported the deal on the table was Griner or Whelan or no one. That was based on a source in the White House. But after Biden came out and claimed it was Griner or no one, NBC changed their article to that claim, with no explanation as to why.


Briner and Biden Promoting the Sin of Homosexuality


      That said, back to what else Griner will do now that she is back in the States. She will go back to promoting the sin of homosexuality. And Biden knew that. In fact, his Press Secretary, also a black lesbian, made this very point. She said the reason Griner was brought back was so that she could be an “inspiration” to others. That “inspiration” will be to deceive many young people into thinking homosexual sex is perfectly normal, when in fact it is an affront before a holy and righteous God. That homosexual sex is sin is demonstrated in my two-volume set God’s Sex Plan.

      But American has gotten so far from God’s sex plan that on the same day as Griner’s release, the US House passed the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act. I will cover that most-named of all bills in-depth in my forthcoming follow up books to my two-volume set on Biden’s failing Presidency.

      But here, I hope and pray I am wrong about Griner. Maybe being mistreated by Russia will open her eyes, and she will realize America is not so bad after all; but in fact, it is the greatest nation on earth. Maybe that will lead her to stand proudly for the National Anthem and proclaim the greatness of America.

      But most of all, I will pray God opens her heart and leads her to repent of her sins, not just of her homosexuality, but of all of her sins that we all also commit, and she trusts in Christ for her forgiveness and salvation. If she then becomes an ambassador for Christ and His ability to deliver people from sinful lifestyles, then her release won’t be so bad after all. That forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation is open to not just other homosexuals but to all of us, as we have sinned and stand in need of forgiveness.


Bible Verses


            26Because of this, God gave them over to dishonorable, lustful passions, for even their females exchanged the natural use for the [use] against nature, 27and likewise also the males having left the natural use of the female were inflamed in their craving for one another; males with males committing shameful behavior and receiving back in themselves the requital which was fitting [for] their deception [or, perversion]. (Romans 1:26-27).

            23For all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified [or, declared righteous] freely by His grace through the redemption [or, setting free], the [one] in Christ Jesus, 25whom God Himself put forward publicly [as] a mercy seat [or, propitiation] through faith in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness, because of the passing over of the sins having previously occurred, 26in the tolerance of God, for a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for Him to be righteous and justifying the [person] [or, declaring the [person] righteous] [who has] faith in Jesus (Romans 3:23-26).

      9You* know that unrighteous [persons] will not inherit [the] kingdom of God, do you* not? Stop being led astray [fig., being deceived]; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor passive partners in male-male sex [or, effeminate men], nor active partners in male-male sex, 10nor covetous [persons], nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor slanderers [or, abusive persons], nor swindlers will inherit [the] kingdom of God.

      11And these some [of] you* were! [or, And such were some of you*!] But you* yourselves were washed [fig., purified], but you* were sanctified, but you* were justified [or, declared righteous] in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [or, by] the Spirit of our God! (1Corinthians 6:9-11).

            8If we should say [or, claim], “We do not have sin,” we lead ourselves astray [fig., deceive ourselves], and the truth is not in us. 9If we shall be confessing our sins, He is faithful [or, trustworthy] and righteous that He shall forgive us our sins and cleanse [or, purge] us from all unrighteousness. 10If we should say [or, claim], “We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1John 1:8-10)




    Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament: Third Edition. Copyright 1999-2022 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).

      Blaze. Paul Whelan speaks out, expresses frustration with Biden for not securing his freedom: ‘I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here’.

      Breitbart. Brittney Griner Released in Prisoner Swap for Notorious Russian Arms Dealer oViktor Bout.

      Breitbart. Rumors Biden May Trade ‘Merchant of Death’ for Brittney Griner Intensify After Sentencing.

      Breitbart. Donald Trump Calls Joe Biden’s Prisoner Swap for Brittney Griner a ‘Stupid and Unpatriotic Embarrassment’.

      CBS News.  Brittney Griner released by Russia in 1-for-1 prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

      CBS News.  Who is Viktor Bout? Russian arms dealer known as the "Merchant of Death" swapped for Brittney Griner.

      NBC News. WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian custody in a high-profile prisoner swap between the U.S. and Moscow.

      Postmillennial. Biden secures Britney Griner’s release in prisoner swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

      Root. Brittney Griner Is the 1st Black Woman America Thought Was Important Enough To Rescue (via Yahoo! News).

      Trib live. Family of Oakmont teacher imprisoned in Russia looks for hope in Brittney Griner release.

      Trib Live. U.S. senators request State Department declare Oakmont man jailed in Russia ‘wrongfully detained’.

      Trib live. U.S. should work to bring Oakmont’s Fogel home from Russia, too.

      Yahoo! News. Biden on Brittney Griner’s release: ‘She’s safe. She’s on a plane. She’s on her way home’.

      Yahoo! News. Paul Whelan ‘greatly disappointed’ Biden administration has not done more to free him.

Griner/ Merchant of Death Swap Verifies Biden is the Sin and Death President. Copyright 2022 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).

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The above article was posted on this website December 10, 2022.

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