The biblical scene comes complete with Mary, Joseph, undead wise men and a razor-toothed baby Jesus in a manger.
For the second year in a row, a Cincinnati couple has constructed a zombie-themed Nativity scene against the objections of local zoning officials and religious groups.
The biblical scene, built by Jasen and Amanda Dixon in their front yard, comes complete with Mary, Joseph, undead wise men and a razor-toothed baby Jesus in a manger.
A spooky version of “Silent Night” blares in the background. At night, rainbow-colored lights showcase the scene.
Last year, the Nativity scene began as a publicity stunt to bring some visitors to a local haunted house that Jasen Dixon ran. He told a local television station, WKRC-TV, that he brought it back because it was popular with the locals.
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But last year local officials said he did not have a permit to construct the spooky display. Amanda Dixon said they thought they were in compliance this year. But their permit application was declined, and she said they could face a fee of $500 a day.
“Last year they apparently dropped the charges,” Amanda Dixon wrote in a Facebook message. “This year we must have made them mad because they are hounding us about it.”
But zoning officials are not the only opponents.
As word of the structure spread — and supporters made the point that, technically, Jesus rose from the dead — a local religious group dropped a pamphlet at the zombie baby Jesus’ feet.
“GOD FROWNS UPON THIS MANGER SCENE,” the pamphlet read. “Jesus has supreme power over death and evil; he is not a zombie.”
Opponents of the undead Nativity have also taken to social media to declare it blasphemous.
The couple has argued that the scene has nothing to do with religion, calling it “a wonderful piece of artwork” on their Facebook page. They have added the following disclaimer: “We are not Atheist.”
The couple is asking for donations to improve the structure for next year and to cover any fines they might face.