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’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.