A man’s nativity scene, which features a Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as zombies, was turning heads and causing controversy in an Ohio town.
Jasen Dixon has put up the display in his yard at his Sycamore Township home for the second year in a row. He said some people love it, while others — including his own father — hate it.
Dixon explained to local television station WXIX, “I wanted a nativity scene. I had been talking about the zombie-themed nativity scene for a long time.”
But the display has drawn the ire of local religious groups and zoning officials.
One religious group, objecting to the nativity scene, dropped a pamphlet at the feet of the zombie baby Jesus that read, “God frowns upon this manger scene,” the New York Times reported.
He has also faced brush back from zoning officials.
Last year, he had to take down the display because he didn’t have a permit; this year, he was told the nativity scene couldn’t be up because it violated Sycamore Township’s zoning code.
Dixon told WKRC that he wasn’t buying that explanation. “I think it’s the theme. It just rubs people the wrong way and it puts the spotlight on me. That’s why they’re coming down so hard on me.”
He faces a $500 fine for every day the nativity scene stays up.
The couple has been raising money online to offset legal fees that the township is using to threaten them.