Over at Tablet Dina Mann put together a concise synopsis of the ideas in play with regard to Green-Wood Cemetery's bid to get the rights to the Canarsie Cemetery.
The original framing came from Josh Nathan-Kazis' story over at the Forward.
It's a very important story in the community and despite the difficulty of engaging with matters of death, there is much value in it. The reality is, Jewish law does allow for the burial of non-Jews in a Jewish cemetery who did not practice another faith; there are reputable Jewish legal authorities who ruled in favor. But the bulk of the tradition has opposed it, mostly on the grounds of keeping people in the fold. My view is that decisions like this do little to ensure Jewish continuity and in fact inflict more harm and alienation than we need.
Thanks to Dina and Josh for keeping this story on the radar screen.