But such widespread sentiment did not stop the peace movement in the community.
After Sept. 11, 2001, a number of peace protests occurred on Franklin Street and in the area. The first effort to support nonviolence after the attacks took the form of a peace vigil Sept. 12 outside of the Franklin Street post office.
An angry motorist driving past the protest shouted, "Fuck the Arabs. Kill them all," as people gathered in support of peace.
Although more incidents like that have occurred, Frances O'Halloran, an advocate of peaceful involvement, said the community -- Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University -- is a place where people can express their viewpoints without fear.
"I'd like to think it's a liberal community," she said. "It's a safe haven -- a place where people can be themselves."
Hillsborough resident Jim Warren, a peace activist, helped mobilize a movement Sept. 23 to discourage U.S. war efforts abroad. More than 600 protesters in favor of peace gathered to hear speakers on McCorkle Place, holding signs proclaiming, "Our grief is not a cry for war" and "Wage peace."
O'Halloran brought her daughter, Emma, now 9 years old, to the peace march to expose her to the viewpoints expressed by the protesters.
"I wanted to let my daughter experience that circle of people who believed in the same things I did," she said.
Warren said people with similar ideas should participate in causes they care about. "It's important for people to get together who feel like-minded," he said.