A zombie Nativity scene erected in the front yard of a home in Ohio has got to go, so say the town officials. While most would not find a zombie Nativity scene enticing and some might even call it disturbing, does the town government have the right to make it go away?
According to Fox News on Dec. 24, the town is not willing to let this homeowner display the Nativity scene, which contains the zombie wise men and a zombie baby Jesus. It is not because of these zombie characters that the officials of this town want the scene gone, or so they say.
The town is citing code violations as the problem, not dead people coming back to life. Jasen Dixon, the homeowner, begs to differ with the town’s reasons, he believes it is because of his zombie characters that all this friction has started.
Zombies are a part of pop culture today, as even the federal government has a plan for a zombie apocalypse that is posted online on the CDC’s website. If the government can spend the time and money preparing a zombie plan, which offers visions of zombies to the public, then why can’t the homeowner display the creatures?
The controversial Nativity scene is the creation of Dixon. He erected this zombie scene in the front yard of his Ohio home. He said he wanted a Nativity scene and he worked with what he had.
Considering that Dixon is the manager of a nearby haunted house, he really did work with what he had. It looks as if he borrowed the monsters and gruesome figures from the haunted house to put on display for his zombie Christmas cheer.
Dixon told Fox News that the neighbors don’t like it and his father has gone as far as to blame this Nativity scene for anything bad that has happened since it went up. The figures in this scene are life-sized and the baby Jesus has disturbing pale skin with eyes that are pure white, reports The Huffington Post. You can see the picture of the zombie baby above.
Neighbor Dan Fluker told Fox that he really didn’t pay much attention to the lawn ornaments until the red and green lights came on to highlight the scene. It was when the bizarre baby Jesus was put into the manger people took notice.
Dixon, manages the 13 Rooms of Doom, which gives him plenty of zombie material at hand. He has gotten two violations from the Sycamore Township, which is just outside of Cincinnati.
The violations citing the scene have to do with the city ordinance on the size allowed for structures and not the zombies. “The city doesn’t allow structures to be located in the front or side yard to occupy more than 35 percent of the area. The primary structure must also be three feet from the street and six feet from the house,” reports Fox.
Dixon feels that if it was a real “pretty” Nativity scene, he’d have no problem with the town officials. He feels his First Amendment right is “being infringed upon due to the religious element,” reports Fox.
Dixon has until Dec. 26 to take the scene down or legal action will follow. It is unclear what Dixon has decided to do. Will he take it down or fight the town?
His Facebook page commenters urge him to keep it up and Dixon did say that “Dangers my middle name,” so this may be a hint of things to come! Zombies aren’t for everyone, but apparently Dixon is fond of them. Is it within his rights to keep the scene up? What do you think?