Jasen Dixon, from Ohio, installed a Zombie-themed Nativity scene at his home, only to be told by officials that it needed to be removed as it violated local regulations about size and location of such displays…
Dixon didn’t take it down, and instead vowed to make this year’s Nativity scene bigger and better and in full compliance with the law. He even netted $878 after starting an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for his project.
Sycamore Township officials told Dixon that such a display couldn’t be larger than 200 square feet. Dixon’s is only 65 square feet. So why is he being treat differently?
Dixon affirms that his original request for a permit was denied because local authorities said his display violated the town’s zoning code by taking up more than 35 percent of his front yard.
“I think it’s the theme. It just rubs people the wrong way. That’s why they’re coming down so hard on me.”
For violating the zoning code, Dixon was assessed a $500 fine on Friday. (You have to wonder if a traditional Nativity scene would have been found guilty of the same crime.)
Dixon is still posting reactions to the scene on Facebook, including this pamphlet of disapproval from local Baptists:
Looks like Dixon is really scared…
He says that for now, he’s removed the roof but keeping the rest of the scene, satisfying the zoning requirements.
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