Bob Enyart

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Bob Enyart
Born Robert Enyart
Paterson, New Jersey
Residence Arvada, Colorado
Occupation Religious radio
Title Pastor
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Krista (1981–1989)
Cheryl Mayns
Website
Official website

Bob Enyart is an American talk radio host, author, and pastor of Denver Bible Church. He is best known for buying nearly $16,000 worth of O.J. Simpson memorabilia, including his Hall of Fame induction certificate, at an auction benefiting the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1999, four years after the trial. He then led a group which set fire to the items on the steps of a Los Angeles courthouse in protest at the verdict in the O. J. Simpson murder case.[1][2] Enyart is also known for his views on homosexuality and abortion. Enyart pickets the homes of doctors performing abortions resulting in one Colorado town banning such protests in residential areas.[3] Enyart also angered families of AIDS victims when he read the men's obituaries on his television show calling the deceased "sodomite"s.[4] Enyart has also led residential protests against executives of a company which provided construction services for Planned Parenthood offices leading to similar neighbor complaints.[5] Most recently Enyart has criticised presidential candidates who do not share his view on abortion.[6] Enyart is a proponent of corporal punishment of children saying that their "hearts are lifted" by spanking.[7] He was convicted for misdemeanor child abuse in 1994 after beating his girlfriend's child with a belt so hard that the beating broke the skin.[8][9]

A series of late night phone calls by Enyart to the general manager of the Kenosha, Wisconsin station which carried his program but publicly disagreed with Enyart's views prompted Senator Russ Feingold to call for a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation to see if any laws had been broken by the talk show host.[10]

In June 2009, Bob Enyart was convicted of criminal trespass following a protest at Focus on the Family.[11]

Enyart is also the first cousin of Michael Galluccio, a gay rights activist in New Jersey.[12]

Enyart is a mid-Acts ultradispensationalist.[13]

References

  1. ^ Brennan, Charlie (February 18, 1999). "DENVER BUYER BURNS O.J. MEMORABILIA TV HOST ENYART SPENDS $16,000, THEN TORCHES ITEMS AT L.A. COURTHOUSE". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-09-21. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Mehta, Seema (February 18, 1999). "Group Burns Simpson Memorabilia Outside Court". Los Angeles Times. pp. B4. Retrieved 2008-09-21. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "County limits demonstrations Abortion protests at doctor's home lead to ordinance". Denver Post. June 28, 2000. pp. A–01. Retrieved 2008-09-21. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Host must stop reading gays' obituaries on TV Friends of AIDS victim angered". The Gazette. January 14, 1995. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ Slevin, Colleen. "Neighbors Of Company Back Limits On Protests". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  6. ^ Beaubien, Jason (June 15, 2007). "Romney's Abortion Stance: Flip-Flop or Full Circle?". All Things Considered (NPR). Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  7. ^ Briggs, Bill (May 17, 1995). "The World of Bob Enyart Outspoken TV broadcaster steers a hard right". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  8. ^ Gerhardt, Gary (April 10, 1999). "TV HOST BEGINS JAIL SENTENCE BOB ENYART GIVEN 60 DAYS FOR HITTING BOY WITH BELT". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  9. ^ Lindsay, Sue (June 17, 1999). "JUDGE AFFIRMS ENYART'S RIGHT TO DISCUSS ABUSE CONVICTION ON TV". Retrieved 2008-09-21. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Lisheron, Mark (December 23, 1994). "`Right-wing' TV host will stop late-night calls to foes in Kenosha". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  11. ^ "Activists jailed over trespassing at Focus". Colorado Springs Gazette. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  12. ^ http://www.theologyonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1877
  13. ^ "The Plot". 

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