Saudi cleric wants to ban Christmas for Muslims

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A prominent Saudi cleric is being labeled a "Grinch" online for telling Muslims around the world that they shouldn't celebrate Christmas with Christian friends. Mohammad al-Arefe, who espouses the conservative Wahhabi strain of Islam, directed his condemnation of Christmas mainly towards Muslims living in Europe.

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"To my people, my sons and daughters in Europe and elsewhere. It is forbidden to attend the celebrations of Christmas and New Year, as they include alcohol, dancing, drunkenness and the mixing of genders," al-Arefe wrote in a post on Facebook, where has nearly 20 million fans on Facebook. As of the publication of this article, the post had been liked more than 60,000 times and been shared almost 6,000 times, but it also drew a backlash from people who accused al-Arefe of trying to stoke tensions between Christians and Muslims, with some saying he belonged to the same "school as ISIS."

Al-Arefe's edicts carry no real official heft, but they are likely to be influential anyway as he has millions of followers who watch his sermons. He has a history of making controversial statements, including saying he supported jihad in Syria and defending al-Qaeda on-air. (He later denied ever making such statements.) He has been banned from traveling to the U.K. and has been arrested and jailed by Saudi authorities in the past for some of his statements.

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A prisoner looks through the bars of her cell during a Christmas decorating contest at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Each cell of 50 women or more also put on a skit dramatizing Biblical stories, with many depictions of Jesus' life, as well as David and Goliath and Daniel in the lionsâ den, giving prisonâs would-be thespians their chance to shine. Voices soared in rapture with the religious songs, and many, many tears were shed. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. All of the 531 inmates at the Nelson Hungria prison has her own concrete bunk bed, and the spacious cinderblock cells were free of the overpowering stench, thick clouds of mosquitoes and troops of roaches that are a usually a staple of lockups here. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners stand in front a painting of Jesus, that has real hair donated by a prisoner, and the word "Acquitted" written in Portuguese, after performing in a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Inmates, overwhelming black and mixed-race women who are serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide, spent weeks decking out the cell blocks with holiday decorations they made themselves from the objects they have access to behind bars. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A prisoner dressed as Santa Claus sits on a bed during a Christmas decorating contest inside the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Christmas trees were made from strips of green plastic from one-liter soda bottles; the presents below out of empty milk cartons swathed in tissue paper. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside their pavillion at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Inmates, overwhelming black and mixed-race women who are serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide, spent weeks decking out the cell blocks with holiday decorations they made themselves from the objects they have access to behind bars. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
The word "Sorry" is written in Portuguese on a bunk bed at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Brazil is notorious for its woeful prisons, which have long been blasted by human rights groups for rampant overcrowding and inhumane conditions. Prison riots break out regularly. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Each cell of 50 women or more also put on a skit dramatizing Biblical stories, with many depictions of Jesus' life, as well as David and Goliath and Daniel in the lionsâ den, giving prisonâs would-be thespians their chance to shine. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Prison director Ana Gabriela Rosa Maia says the event, now in its sixth year, helped turn the penitentiary around. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Carina Barbosa performs as Santa Claus inside the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Barbosa, a 29-year-old whoâs serving time for drug trafficking, was one of more than 500 inmates ringing in the holidays Thursday at Rio de Janeiro's Nelson Hungria prison with Passion plays and a cell decorating contest. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A prisoner performs during a Christmas decorating contest inside the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Wreathes fashioned out of the aluminum plates that prison-issue meals are served in bedecked the walls, and the floors of the cell blocks were sprinkled with a light snowfall of ground up Styrofoam. Tropical heat-resistant snowmen were fashioned out of white plastic cups. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A prisoner watches other prisoners perform during a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Inmates, overwhelming black and mixed-race women who are serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide, spent weeks decking out the cell blocks with holiday decorations they made themselves from the objects they have access to behind bars.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoner smiles after performing during a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Cleanliness was one of the criteria that the jury, made up of directors from area prisons, evaluated each of the nine cells on. Inmates from the winning cells scored prizes from coveted name-brand hair products to plastic stationary fans to a 21-inch flat-screen TV. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners inside sit in their cell during a Christmas decorating contest at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Inmates, overwhelming black and mixed-race women who are serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide, spent weeks decking out the cell blocks with holiday decorations they made themselves from the objects they have access to behind bars. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoners stand in front a painting of Jesus before a Christmas decorating contest inside their cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Inmates, overwhelming black and mixed-race women who are serving time for offenses from burglary to homicide, spent weeks decking out the cell blocks with holiday decorations they made themselves from the objects they have access to behind bars.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Prisoner Adriele Cesar, 21, dressed as Jesus posses for a photo after a Christmas decorating contest inside her cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Cesar, who was has already spent three Christmases behind bars on a murder conviction, said the holidays were the hardest time of year for many of her fellow inmates. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A prisoner dressed as a lion stands amid other prisoners after performing in a Christmas decorating contest inside her cell at the Nelson Hungria prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Each cell of 50 women or more also put on a skit dramatizing Biblical stories, with many depictions of Jesus' life, as well as David and Goliath and Daniel in the lionsâ den, giving prisonâs would-be thespians their chance to shine. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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This statement, too, has proven to be controversial online.

"The infidel Europe that hugged the refugees, gave them food and home and dignity that they couldn't find in the Muslim countries, not even in Mecca, the land of Muslims which is close to them. Your blemish has become exposed, you religion traders," commented one user on Arefe's post.

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Another from Libya commented that "it is forbidden to drink alcohol and dance but it's permitted to behead and slaughter Muslims on the streets." Other users accused al-Arefe of distorting Islam. One said that "there is no Quranic text or Muslim tradition that bans celebrating with people from other religions," and one said the cleric was encouraging "sectarian wars" which would result in the deaths of ordinary civilians.

Al-Arefe is not the only one trying to crack down on Christmas. The Muslim state of Brunei has reportedly banned people from wearing Santa hats in public. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia also prohibits Christians and other religious minorities from practicing their religion or marking religious holidays in public.

Thousands of people also retweeted al-Arefe's post in supporting of the ban. Some complained that Christmas season celebrations have been taking over Muslim countries, pointing in particular to the over-the-top celebrations that occur in Dubai, which is known for its massive New Year's Eve fireworks show.

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A view from backstage at the Rockettes prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as sheep are put into their position for the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a member of the stage crew hand slaps, as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes perform a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of Santa's chair during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage during the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes prepare to tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as 'Santa Suits' for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as costumes for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes prepare for their opening number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of the Rockettes performing the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A view from backstage as The Rockettes line up during a song during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a camel for the The Living Nativity ' prepares to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus played by Charles Edward Hall prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as performers in costume wait to go on during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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