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Update: The Owner of the Zombie Nativity Scene Has Refused the Town’s Orders to Remove It

You may remember this story, leading up to Christmas, of an Ohio resident who constructed a massive, elaborate nativity scene in his front yard, consisting entirely of zombies. The city, citing ordinances restricting the specifications of lawn decorations, gave him until Dec. 26 to take it down. Zombie enthusiast Jasen Dixon, however, thinks the city’s issues have nothing to do with the zoning laws—he believes they are an infringement on his freedom. Last week, he told reporters, “I know if it was a real pretty Nativity scene they wouldn’t be saying anything.”

As of yesterday—four days after the deadline he was given by officials to remove “Zombie Nativity”—the display still stood. The AP left messages with the township, but they’ve given no comment at this point, clarifying their legal response. Dixon however, has launched online campaigns and even crowdfunding efforts to help cover fines and make an even more elaborate display next year. When an AP reporter asked a neighbor what her response is to living down the street from a weird, zombie-nativity scene, she simply said, “We do live in a free country, don’t we?” …

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