The controversial Sycamore Township nativity scene was vandalized early Tuesday morning, according to creator Jasen Dixon. #Blasphemous
Dixon said the vandals hit his handmade ‘zombie’ nativity scene on Vorhees Lane at around 4:30 a.m.
“They ripped Mary’s head off and flipped over baby Jesus’ bed. We found him out in the yard,” Dixon said. “(They) knocked over one of the wise men and broke Joseph.”
Dixon said he spent the day putting the display back together and fixing the damaged figures.
It’s the third consecutive year that Dixon has assembled the nativity scene that replaces religious figures with zombies. Even the baby Jesus figure has fangs and blood spilling from its mouth.
Earlier this year, 27 misdemeanor charges were dropped against Dixon and he didn’t have to pay $13,500 in fines issued by Sycamore Township.
Township officials had claimed the roof of the nativity scene violated zoning laws.
Township Administrator Greg Bickford said the township determined the case wasn’t worth the cost of litigation and voluntarily withdrew charges against Dixon.
The display isn’t religious statement but rather a piece of art, according to the Facebook page description. “We are not atheist,” the description clarifies.
“I would say 95 percent of people love it,” Dixon said. “They drive-by and honk and thumbs up and are taking selfies. They like it.”
Dixon claims that proceeds from t-shirts and stickers sold at the nativity scene this year will go towards last year’s legal fees.
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