A man in Ohio decided to put up a nativity scene in his yard using zombie figures, making his neighbors and angry and prompting the local township to threaten him legally because, they allege, the display takes up more than the legally allowed percentage of his yard.
A man in Ohio is facing legal action if he does not take down his Nativity scene that features zombies instead of traditional biblical characters.
Jasen Dixon told WXIX that he manages 13 Rooms of Doom haunted house, so he already had the zombies, including one resembling the baby Jesus.
“I wanted a Nativity scene and I worked with what I had,” he explained.
“The neighbors don’t like it. My father hates it and anything bad that happens he blames it on that,” Dixon pointed out. “On the average we probably get 30 or 40 cars stop and taking pictures, getting out with their camera. People that follow zombie movies and stuff like that love it,”
But just days after WXIX spoke to Dixon, Sycamore Township township ordered him to take it down or face legal action. Town officials claimed that Dixon was breaking the rules with a structure on the front side of his yard, and a display that took up more than 35 percent of the area.
But Dixon said that he wasn’t buying the explanation.
“I’ve lived here for 15 years and I’ve never had a violation of any kind,” he insisted. “It’s a holiday decoration. I know if it was a real pretty nativity scene they wouldn’t be saying anything.”
It’s highly unlikely that the township would have been out measuring the nativity scene if it was a regular one. But this is easily testable. He should reduce the size of it to 34% of the front yard and then dare them to take action against him. If they do, the ensuing lawsuit would be easily won.