Jason Dixon, an Ohio man who runs the “13 Rooms of Terror” haunted house, has put up a Zombie Nativity scene for the second year in a row, ignoring the state’s orders that he needed a permit. Dixon now faces a $500 fine every day he keeps the display up, as well as pressure from Christian groups in the area.
Dixon first put up the display last year, which depicts Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus as zombies. The display only caused a small amount of controversy last year, but the city recently took notice and issued him a warning.
The city warned that Dixon would be fined if he put up the display, as the manger scene takes up “more than 35%” of his yard, which violates Ohio zoning law. Dixon put up the display anyway, and was fined $500 on Friday, with more fines promised if he does not comply.
Baptist churches in the area also started to take notice, with parishioners passing out flyers in front of the house, saying that “God frowns upon this manger.”
“If you read the scriptures closely, the God of the Bible is not only a God of love, but also a God of wrath. God never expresses even the slightest inkling of humor towards demons or, in this case, zombies,” one of the flyers read.
Dixon says that he is not an atheist, but simply has a sense of humor about Christmas. He considered taking down the manger scene after Sycamore county fined him, but decided to modify the manger to make it smaller by removing the roof. Dixon also started a crowdfunding campaign, which has currently raised just under $200.
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