A couple risks fines of up to $500 a day for the zombie-themed nativity scene that they refuse to take down, despite orders from zoning officials to remove it from their yard.
This is the second year that Jasen and Amanda Dixon have displayed the scene in front of their Cincinnati home, which features a zombie baby Jesus alongside an undead Mary and Joseph. Last year, officials told Jasen he didn’t have the proper permits for the holiday decorations, but ultimately dropped their objections, according to The New York Times.
This zombie-themed nativity scene has stirred a local controversy. (Photo: Facebook/Zombie Nativity Scene)
This year, Jasen applied for a permit but was denied because “no accessory use structure shall be located in the front or side yard,” according to a letter from local officials posted on the nativity scene’s Facebook page. But Jasen says he’s being unfairly targeted because of the content of his display. “I think it’s the theme, [it] just rubs people the wrong way,” he told WKRC. “That’s why they are coming down so hard on me.”
On Facebook, the Dixons describe their nativity scene as “a wonderful piece of artwork,” and clarify that “we are not Atheist.”
Local officials have ordered Jasen and Amanda Dixon to remove this zombie nativity scene from their front yard. (Photo: Facebook/Zombie Nativity Scene)