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Ann Coulter blames all “social pathologies” on single parents

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I shudder when drawing attention to Anne Coulter, because, like the mythical Wendigo, she grows stronger on our fear. But her predictably over-the-top response to the Casey Anthony verdict is just too much to ignore: she's identified single parenthood as the "leading cause of all social pathologies."

As she admits, this is a conclusion drawn in her last book, but she just couldn't resist connecting it to the Casey Anthony case and, of course, the "liberals' destruction of marriage."

First of all, let's get one thing out of the way: single parenthood is not the cause of "all social pathologies." Institutionalized racism? The glass ceiling? White-collar financial crime? The Strokes taking years between albums? I refuse to believe that single moms caused all of those things. 

She cites "various studies" that "show that children raised by a single mother comprise about seventy percent of juvenile murderers, delinquents, teenaged mothers, drug abusers, dropouts, suicides and runaways." Whew. That's certainly an exhaustive list. I'll even grant her those "various studies," though some of the ones I did look up were published in 1997. 

But, the 2010 Census showed that a little over a quarter of children in the United States under the age of twenty-one are being raised in single-parent households, so we might be pretty boned if they all turn out to be suicidal, drug-addicted, murdering, teenaged runaways. 

Anyway, there's a small pearl of a point nestled within Coulter's oyster of insanity — one of her touchstones is how well adopted children generally turn out (though she cites Andrew Breitbart as one of them, so maybe that's a stretch). And, tangential to that, she thinks that more single parents should give up their children for adoption. I agree with her (and I just died a little typing that) on that point. Or, they shouldn't be stigmatized for doing so, if they believe they're unfit or unable to give a kid a good home. 

Other than that, we disagree on everything.