I want to admit to being confused on the intentions of this discussion...
I had understood the initial post to suggest that although not all of society's problems are created by divorce, broken families and single parent homes, we must none-the-less conclude that these forces are driving many social problems and represent a danger to society. And the poster wants to inquire into the validity of this conclusion.
In my first post I attempted to respond to this question ("Can we blame these problems on divorce?"). But now I wonder if I missed the point.
I recognize the nuanced view that the poster is offering. The initial post questions the value of a traditional family structure and states that many factors might lead to societal problems. I can see that. However, the question the poster is finally asking seems, to me, to be whether or not we can consider divorce as a a cause for social problems.
The poster states that the causes for society's ills are probably not as simple as divorce, but then seems to ask if we can disregard the complex view in preference to a conclusion claiming that single-parent family's are a real social danger.
This was my take on the the meaning of the post and the discussion here, but I am not so sure now. In deference to rrteacher and also a (kind of confusing) reiteration from blues8, I am ready to abandon my initial interpretation.
Are we really asking what the other causes of social problems (drug abuse, etc.) might be, outside of divorce?