“Mr. President,” the letter began, “why do you exclude us from your prayers?” Written by the Hindu International Council Against Defamation (HICAD) in September 2001, the missive bemoaned that in his post-9/11 public prayers, George W. Bush publicly recognized only three religious traditions in the country: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The letter enumerated ways Hindus benefited the United States: low divorce rates, high educational achievement, homeownership. When the president addressed the almighty, he should include such model citizens in his supplications. 1