Source: The New York Times
On March 17, 2003 The New York Times reported that "the 40 Christian, Muslim and Jewish women meeting here recently had been scheduled to talk about death and dying. But after three local Arab-American men were charged with illegally funneling money to Iraq, the topic changed from the hereafter to the here and now... The women, members of a group set up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to promote friendships between Muslim and non-Muslim women, shared their feelings about the Feb. 26 arrests and about another potentially divisive topic, the brewing threat of war with Iraq... The group, Women Transcending Boundaries, usually discusses educational issues... But the 13 core members knew that they needed to address the emerging religious tensions in the Syracuse area, especially after the F.B.I. questioned about 150 local Muslim families following the arrests of the three men."