Sherlock Holmes Book Banned for Being Mean to Mormons


A Virginia school board has removed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet, the author's first Sherlock Holmes novel, from sixth-grade reading lists after a parent complained that it was anti-Mormon. The book, which includes a character who thinks marrying a Mormon is "a shame and a disgrace," will still be available to older students who wish to pollute their minds. Sixth graders will be left to read other Holmes books that include such wholesome topics as injecting cocaine with a special syringe that has its own leather case. [Atlantic Wire]