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Ohio town threatens to sue resident over zombie nativity scene

If you want to put up a nativity scene in your front yard in Deer Park, Ohio, your baby Jesus must not be undead. Resident Jason Dixon found this out the hard way after he put up a zombie-themed nativity scene that he thought was appropriate because he owns a haunted house. "I wanted a nativity scene and I worked with what I had," Dixon says.

The scene has attracted extensive attention from passersby, as well as a threat of legal action from Sycamore Township, the 12-town municipality conglomerate that includes Deer Park. City officials say the structure is objectionable only because it takes up more than 35 percent of Dixon's front yard, but he argues that "if it was a real pretty nativity scene they wouldn't be saying anything." --Bonnie Kristian