When the three wise men peered into the manger in Bethlehem, they probably didn’t see Jasen Dixon’s version of Jesus.
Dixon is in trouble with officials in Sycamore Township, Ohio, for erecting his zombie Nativity scene for the second year in a row. Though officials told him in 2014 that the display would have to be removed because he didn’t have a permit, he applied for one this year and was denied, CBS 12 reported. Still, he put his display up.
(Jasen Dixon's Zombie Nativity Scene. Photo Credit: Zombie Nativity Scene/Facebook)
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Officials said Dixon’s proposed structure violated zoning codes, but Dixon said he doesn’t think that’s the whole story.
"I think it's the theme," he told CBS 12. "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."
Dixon is the manager of the 13 Rooms of Doom haunted house and, despite facing fines of $500 every day he leaves his zombie Nativity scene up, he isn’t backing down.
"My father hates it," Dixon told Fox 19 Now. "The other neighbors, they drive by and give me a thumbs up."
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The Nativity scene has received some mail stating that “God frowns upon this manger scene.”
(Zombie Baby in Jasen Dixon's nativity scene. Photo Credit:Zombie Nativity Scene/Facebook)
According to a Facebook page dedicated to the Zombie Nativity Scene, Dixon has already started receiving notices from the city. He plans on donating half of the money he raises on his Generosity charity donation page to St. Jude Children’s Hospital — the rest will go to covering legal fees, according to Dixon’s crowd-funding page.
(Jasen Dixon's Zombie Nativity scene lit up at night. Photo Credit: Zombie Nativity Scene/Facebook)