Controversial zombie nativity scenes rises again in Ohio

It's back!

Aug 17, 2020, 10:56 am*

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Miles Klee

Last year, we reported on Jasen Dixon of Sycamore Township, Ohio, who fought a heroic battle for his right to display a zombie Christmas nativity scene in contravention of local zoning laws. Now, much like Jesus (or zombies, for that matter), the infamous tableau has risen again.

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This time around, Dixon—not so coincidentally the proprietor of a haunted house called “13 Rooms of Doom”—is doing everything he can to go viral. “Zombie nativity scene” now boasts a Facebook presence and a crowdfunding campaign intended to raise money for a 2016 display, as well as an unspecified nonprofit organization. 

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Neither Christians nor Sycamore’s zoning administrator are fans of the joke; the former have handed out letters condemning Dixon’s work, while the latter has said that because Dixon was denied the display permit he applied for, he may be fined $500 for each day the scene remains up. 

 
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Oh, and if giving the New Testament the Romero treatment doesn’t offend you, perhaps this unfortunate Black Lives Matter parody T-shirt will.

 
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On Dec. 4, Dixon announced that the city had won, but just a day later, he said that he had plugged the lights back in and would “see what happens.”

 
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Will Dixon raise the money he needs to preserve what a secondary Facebook page calls “The Worlds 1St Zombie Nativity Scene Art Museum”? Who knows. But zombie stories do often lend themselves to sequels.

H/T FOX19 | Photo via Zombie nativity scene/Facebook

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2015, 1:36 pm