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Nativity zombies violate an Ohio law

Nativity zombies violate an Ohio law

It’s not entirely clear from various reports why, precisely, Jasen Dixon’s hallowe’en-meets-Christmas garden display has violated the law in Sycamore Township, just outside of Cincinnati, but it would seem that his zombie nativity scene is simply too large.

According to this report, local law prohibits structures to be placed in the front or side yard that occupy more than 35 percent of the area. The primary structure must also be three feet from the street and six feet from the residence. However, no details are given about the actual size of Dixon’s creation.

At any rate, Dixon has told to make it go away or face legal action, and he, in turn, is claiming that that his First Amendment right is being infringed upon due to the tableau’s “religious element”.

Explaining his alternative nativity display, Dixon said:

I wanted a nativity and I worked with what I had. The neighbors don’t like it. My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that.

Dixon posted this picture on his Facebook page ahead of hallowe'en 2012

Dixon posted this picture on his Facebook page ahead of hallowe’en 2012

Dixon’s nativity includes life size figures and a zombie baby with pale skin, dark circles and pure white eyes. At dark Dixon lights up the Nativity Scene with red and green lights.

Dan Fluker Dixon’s neighbor said:

I didn’t really pay it any attention until the different color lights came on, and then finally the baby was put in the manger.

Dixon, who manages something called 13 Rooms of Doom, a local “haunted” house, said:

I’ve lived here for 15 years and I’ve never had a violation of any kind. It’s a holiday decoration. I know if it was a real pretty Nativity Scene they wouldn’t be saying anything.

He has been given until December 26 to take down the display or the township says it will take legal action.

What Dixon claims is the World’s First Zombie Nativity Scene has received a lot of media coverage in Ohio and zombie fans from across the state are stopping by to snap photos. Dixon said he has seen at least 40 people making a trip to his home.

He has not said if he will take the display, but when a person commented on his Facebook page that he should leave it up, Dixon replied by simply saying:

Danger is my middle name.

16 responses to “Nativity zombies violate an Ohio law”

  1. Broga says:

    It is the nativity bit that attracts the condemnation. If Dixon wants a Zombie scene on his property that is his choice, or should be. I don’t know much about zombies (must check them out) but maybe zombiesm is a cult or a religion.

    I often pass an RC Church with a large, emaciated, tortured figure of a man with the nails clearly through his feet and palms ( I think historically they went through the wrists) and a crown of thorns on the tangled hair of his head. There is a wound in his abdomen. The knees are twisted to the side to convey writhing in agony.

    This depiction of Jesus is horrific. Nobody is asking for its removal. It seems to be ignored.

  2. 1859 says:

    It’s because, rising from the dead etc., made Jesus the first ever zombie.

  3. AgentCormac says:

    It’s the second coming!

  4. Trevor Blake says:

    Everybody knows Jesus only ate human flesh and walked around as a dead man (you know, like a zombie) as an adult. Maybe that small error is why people are upset. A fully adult flesh eating Christ nailed to an instrument of torture, now that’s something for the whole family all year round.

  5. Lon says:

    “I often pass an RC Church with a large, emaciated, tortured figure of a man with the nails clearly through his feet and palms ( I think historically they went through the wrists)…”

    I think historically the Jeebus dude never existed so nails may be placed as you please.

  6. tonye says:

    @1859/Trevor Blake:

    After a casual search online for the definition of zombie:

    (In popular fiction) a person or reanimated corpse that has been turned into a creature capable of movement but not of rational thought, which feeds on human flesh.

    Now,using the always accurate (tongue in cheek) bible, which states in 1 Corinthians, (Chap 15). 20. ‘But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep.’

    Therefore, by the bible’s own definition, Jesus is one of the Living Dead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wylpeAXYcBQ

  7. Robster says:

    Apart from the pvc baby zombie jesus, it really should be an easter decoration, that’s the one with all the death and suffering plus the zombie jesus and all the other resurrected middle eastern zombies. All they’d need is a big stick and some nails, plus of course some choccy eggs. Bunny? Optional.

  8. Marky Mark says:

    Off topic but this is excellent people:
    http://www.vice.com/read/marjoe-director-sarah-kernochan-talks-about-her-incredible-doc-on-the-evangelical-conman-456

    About an old flick that exposes the con of Evangelical preaching from and insider…Marjoe

    Why it was suppressed for all these years is suspicious…thank goodness for the internet. A must see for all, even the religious folks…no, especially the religious folks.

  9. Broga says:

    @Lon: My “historically” referred to the historical method of being crucified. I don’t think Jesus existed either.

  10. Broga says:

    @Marky Mark: Good stuff, thanks. I think most preachers are con men. They are fairly intelligent and able to appreciate what is incredible. They are either preaching what they themselves know to be impossible, or they are stupid or they are mad. Take your pick.

    For many there is good money to be made and many of the most successful would be unemployable in any other job. The run of the mill believers just let the preaching wash over them without thinking about what they are supposed to believe. The fundamentalists have had their brains so twisted that their response to any questioning is to believe with ever greater confidence.

    Thus they are sentenced by superstition to joyless lives interpreted as being wonderful while they fear the prospect of hell and hope for the paradise of heaven. The latter being the kind of place mature people would avoid like a biblical plague.

  11. L.Long says:

    BS!!! The gov’mint is controlled by the evil bigoted Xtians and I am willy to bet $10 that there are at LEAST 3 xtian displays that violate this silly rule.
    So to be in the rule the bigots came out and measured the display???
    And how many xtian displays did they measure??? None!

  12. Cali Ron says:

    My family has been celebrating “Zombie Jesus Day” on Easter for years now. The death and resurrection of jesus clearly meets the definition of a zombie. This works because jesus, the son of god isn’t real and Zombies aren’t real either. An eye for an eye, a myth for a myth-symmetry.

  13. Marky Mark says:

    Broga…glad you looked….I’m going to have to search the net to watch that whole video when I have some time as I’m sure it is out there.

  14. Vanity Unfair says:

    Zombies are definitely for Easter. See the inerrant word of Matthew 27:51 – 53:
    51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
    52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
    53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

    Display that and there cannot be any possibility of complaint.
    Otherwise it looks like a planning regulations breach so, keep within permitted limits.

    Zombies, not of the brain-eating Romero sort, are found in Haitian Voodoo (various spellings) and are supposedly re-animated corpses used for slave labour. Back in the 1980s a researcher claimed that puffer fish venom was used to drug people who would be pronounced dead and then revived and told they were dead. As such they would not be able to return to their families so, still drugged, became slaves. This hypothesis is still contentious.

  15. Huzurpapa says:

    1. Able to survive without food and water for 40 days. Zombie
    2. Rises from a crypt after three days. Zombie
    3. Raises the dead. Zombie

    I think this fellow has hit on the true nature of Jesus.