Guy refuses to take down zombie nativity scene, Christians promise God’s wrath

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 n0w faces a $500 fine every day he keeps the display up, as well as pressure from Christian groups in the area.

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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    December 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    If their God is one of pure love I’m sure he gets a chuckle out of this nativity scene. These Christians are such a joke.

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    Daniel Eaves

    December 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Ok he has the right but like everyone else must comply with the size. But so do Christians. No Story

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    unknowngrumpy dude

    December 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Screw christians…someone should set up a gofundme for this and pay the fines to keep it up

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    December 9, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Read the whole article, unknowngrumpy dude. Not only is one already set up, but there is a link to it.

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    December 9, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Well I think that it’s a disrespect to people’s religion that they have a right to defend
    But at the same time he has a right to put what ever they want in his yard so unfortunately they should be allowed to keep up ..as long it’s not dangerous or can cause harm to someone ..I think he can do what he wants…

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    Ann gonzalez

    December 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

    So many more important thing to worry about than images been put up.. Christian should take the same (quality time ) in helping the needy.example: Orphans, homeless,the hungry , the disable, instead of wasting their time on images that someone would put up.. God don’t really care of images.. But he does care when Christian act like Christian and help the needy and teach people to love each other, instead of throwing the first stone to anyone that’s is not a Christian .. Is very sickening that so call Christians wasting their time in ignorance . Grow up..arguing about ugly dolls..

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    Keith Kemp

    December 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Dear, Jason Dixon please reduce the size of your display so the city will get off your back 🙂 I think it is cool and should become a family tradition . God think’s it’s cool !! I know I asked her 🙂 I wish I could watch baby zombie Jesus fly at one of the (staged) protesters and bite into his/her neck spewing blood 🙂 Muwahahahah

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    December 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    But if a CHRISTIAN Nativity scene was up, and twice the size, there wouldn’t have been any issue about it.

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    December 10, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Freedom of speech! It’s artistic and cool. Christians should have a better sense of humor and stop taking themselves so seriously. What would Jesus do? He walk laugh, and continue on with his day, maybe focus on helping people instead of worrying about how what you believe in is represented in an art project.

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    Jason Valentine

    December 10, 2015 at 7:58 am

    You can put up awful figures of witches during Halloween and nobody blinks…as a Wiccan I find them annoying. But you don’t see me whinging about it. Maybe we should. Equality and Freedom and all that.

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    December 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Big deal. Christians need to get a life.

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    December 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    boo hoo

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    Jill Dupre

    December 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    It really does not matter if you are Christian or not. I just think this is horrifying for children to look at. Kids these days have enough real life horror to deal with. They do not need this too. I feel the same way about Halloween but kids expect it on Halloween…not on Christmas. Sad people have to do things like this to try and prove a point. It is the children that suffer for it, as usual.

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    Dionysius John

    December 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    but you can bet that unknowngrumpydude won’t be donating.. he’s a whiny effing putz..

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    Dionysius John

    December 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    and where were you when God told you about what he cares about and what he doesn’t? Hunh? Oh, he didn’t actually TELL YOU? Then you’re talking out your fart pipe, like most of the rest of the bottom of the gene pool that’s posting on here.. okay, run along and see a taxidermist, Annie….

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    December 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I love it.. it awsome…

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    Timothy Soule

    December 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    argumentative speculation. Unless there is a comparable nativity scene in the area that is granted unfair leniency, Daniel is right. This man either needs to size it down or apply for a permit. The story here is a guy put up a nativity scene that exceeds regulation and is being fined for breaking the city code.

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    Timothy Soule

    December 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    See Daniel Eaves post above yours. He is correct that the story here is not that a man is being unfairly treated for having a zombie nativity scene. He put up a nativity scene that exceeds city regulation. He only needs to scale it down or apply for a permit. You are paying for him to be a jackass if you donate. If he scales it down to code, and then continues to get harrassed, i’ll get behind it. Right now the story is just a jackass wants attention.

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    Kureno Lola

    December 11, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Of course it should stay up. It’s adorable and more fun than the ugly traditional ones.

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    December 11, 2015 at 12:04 am


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    josue contreras

    December 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I am a Christian and I would say this that this guy will not go to hell for this. This is just the symptoms of a bad heart. I would say that anyone that does not repent and comes to Christ in faith and putting down the arms of rebellion will not be forgiven. God is love that why he sent his son. who ever does not come to the son will received their due reward for their own sin.

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    December 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    No, not argumentative, but supposition due to past events that have happened, when lip Christians pitch hissyfits regarding their ‘religious freedoms’. His nativity scene was no bigger than his Halloween displays, that never
    got a “size down or get fined” warning.

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    December 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    it was within the size stated by local officials.

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