Utah Officials Under Fire for Spanish-Language Prayer at July 4th Event

City leaders in the northern Utah town of Hyrum are under fire for allowing the closing prayer at a 4th of July program to be given in Spanish with English translation.

Since the decision -- which council members say was meant to accommodate the Spanish-speaking pastor asked to deliver the prayer -- Hyrum's City Hall has been inundated with angry e-mails demanding that council members resign, and even suggesting the council be deported to Mexico, Fox 13 reported.

"I do believe in freedom of speech, but I think there's a time and a place" for public pronouncements in Spanish, said Hyrum resident Darrin Smith. "It would have been better for Cinco De Mayo."

Council member Paul James stood by the prayer and said the ceremony was a patriotic tribute to America's Founding Fathers and veterans.

Though the city has also faced opposition for having any prayers at a public event, the program's organizer said they would continue the tradition next year -- but this time only in English.

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