Ohio Man Refuses to Take Down Zombie Nativity Scene [Video]
The theme this holiday season seems to be "controversy." There were red cups, mental disorder sweaters, and now, zombie baby Jesus. Ohio man Jason Dixon says he's facing fines of up to $500 per day, just for keeping his zombie-themed nativity display in his front yard.
Dixon first put up his undead display last Christmas season, which first initiated the controversy. He was eventually fined $500 by Sycamore Township officials for not having a permit for the display, which "took up more than 35% of his yard." He applied for a permit this year, but it was denied. Dixon suspects this is because of the nativity display's zombie theme.
He's already been fined another $500 this year, when he refused to take the nativity scene down on Friday. In addition to fines, he also has local Baptists handing out flyers outside his home, denouncing the display. According to the Zombie Nativity Scene's Facebook page, part of the Baptists' flyer reads, "God frowns upon this manger scene. If you read the scriptures closely, the God of the Bible is not only a God of love, but also a God of wrath. God never expresses even the slightest inkling of humor towards demons or, in this case, zombies.”
Dixon insists that he is not an Atheist; rather, he manages a haunted house called "13 Rooms of Doom" and wanted to make a nativity scene with the props he had on hand. Dixon has since created a fundraising account to pay for his future fines.