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Enyart was raised Roman Catholic and attended both Catholic and public schools before attending Arizona State University. He majored in computer science and worked as a technician for McDonnell Douglas. In the mid-1980s, for reasons he has never fully explained, Enyart embraced Christian fundamentalism and left the corporate world behind. He claims to have converted to Christianity at age 16, but never acted on his new faith until the 1980s.
In 1989, Enyart became head of the Denver branch of the pro life group Operation Rescue and was arrested numerous times during his pickets. Enyart's frequent jail stays led to the demise of his marriage. His wife Krista filed for divorce in 1989 and gained custody of the couple's two sons. Enyart's feelings of guilt over his divorce would lead him to resign from Operation Rescue. A second marriage would also end quickly in divorce.
Enyart gained attention with a local talk show, Bob Enyart Live, on a small AM radio station in Denver, before taking his show to television via religious broadcaster LeSea Broadcasting 's local station. Later, LeSea would air Enyart nationwide on their network of television stations.
On his show, Enyart combined the combative tactics and flamboyance of his contemporary, Morton Downey, Jr. with Dominion theology and dispensationalism from a Christian fundamentalist viewpoint. Enyart advocated theocracy and the establishment of the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament as national law. Enyart advocates the death penalty for offenses such as homosexuality, murder, attempted murder, abortion, and feminism. Homosexuality was frequently singled out for criticism by Enyart, who sold T-shirts imprinted with the slogan "Homos Make Me Sick", and once played the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust" as the names of AIDS victims scrolled by on the screen.
Enayrt authored "The First 100 Days", a fictional account of the takeover of the federal government by a Christian "shadow government", and sold it through his show. In 1998, Amazon.com dropped Enyart from its affiliate program and stopped selling his book after being alerted to the book's content by gay rights advocates.
During his show's nationwide run, Enyart began co-habitating with Cheryl Mayns, the ex-wife of a Jefferson County, Colorado sherriff's deputy. Enyart was arrested in 1994 and ultimately convicted of misdemeanor child abuse in the beating of Mayns' son Steven (then age 7) with a leather belt. The beating left bruises, cuts, and welts on the boy's buttocks.
Enyart later began a webcasting a talk show on his websites KGOV.com and shadowgov.com where he continues to sell his book. In a promotion for his new internet venture, he purchased over $20,000 worth of O.J. Simpson's memorabilia at a bankruptcy auction and burned it in public. He has also acknowledged that he utilized the publicity from his child abuse trial to promote his business ventures.
Enyart regained custody of his sons from his first marriage in 1999 after his ex-wife Krista died. They are involved with the design and operation of Enyart's websites. Enyart is currently the pastor of Denver Bible Church in Arvada, Colorado. Enyart and members of his church have been active in picketing (and in some instances, being arrested) at the hospice where Terri Schiavo has been taken off her feeding tube.
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