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It’s beginning to look a lot like … hell?
You’d think, given the belief in a resurrected messiah, that Christians would be cool with zombies. Not true! Officials in Sycamore Township, Ohio, recently demanded that resident Jasen Dixon take down his Christmas nativity set, which features several gruesome undead.
This zombie nativity scene is somewhere in Ohio. pic.twitter.com/8jwAuQoCwm
— Sulla Black (@SullaBlack) December 23, 2014
The Cincinnati suburb’s zoning laws, according to Fox, forbids front-yard structures that “occupy more than 35 percent of the area” or sit too close to the street or the house, but we have a feeling they make exceptions for overtly religious displays of baby Jesus in a manger, at least toward the end of the year. (Can’t assume the same about little libraries, however.)
“I know if it was a real pretty nativity scene they wouldn’t be saying anything,” said Dixon of this second citation for the ghoulish tableau. “I wanted a nativity and I worked with what I had,” he claimed, presumably referring to materials from 13 Rooms of Doom, a haunted house he runs. Believing that his First Amendment rights have been threatened, he’s not exactly backing down, either: “Danger’s my middle name,” he said.
Even so, he’s aware he’s fighting this battle alone: “The neighbors don’t like it,” Dixon said. “My father hates it, and anything bad that happens, he blames it on that.” Just wait till he gets a load of the Easter spread—we hear it’s going to be Aliens-themed.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'