Ohio Man's Controversial 'Zombie Nativity' Vandalized
But Jasen Dixon says the display will rise from the dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Jasen Dixon's zombie Nativity scene, seen here in 2015, was vandalized this year. It's unclear if the vandal was offended as a Christian or zombie lover.   (Sheila Vilvens/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

(Newser) – A suburban Cincinnati man says someone vandalized the "Zombie Nativity" scene he puts up annually, beheading the ghoulish-looking Mary figure and flipping the greenish baby Jesus into the yard, the AP reports. Jasen Dixon says someone damaged the handmade scene early Tuesday at his home in Sycamore Township. He has since repaired the scene and says he'll keep rebuilding it if necessary.

Dixon tells WCPO it's the first time someone has intentionally damaged the structure since he started the holiday display in 2014. But it's been a topic of controversy previously. The township took Dixon to court last year for alleged zoning violations over the nontraditional nativity scene, but it eventually dropped the case. Dixon's attorney argued the township was trying to suppress his freedoms.

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