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Sherlock Holmes knocked off a school reading list

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(Read caption) Sherlock Holmes has reached new levels of scandal.

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Apparently Sherlock Holmes has become scandalous. (Sherlock himself would approve, I'm sure).

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book, "A Study in Scarlet," featuring none other than Sherlock Holmes, has just been bounced from the sixth-grade reading list of a Virginia Albermarle middle school, according to USA Today.

Although some of the Sherlock Holmes books had hints of scandal (Sherlock frequently used cocaine to, ahem, stimulate his thinking process), that's not why this particular book was banned.

A Virginia parent believes that "A Study in Scarlet" casts a negative light on the Mormon religion and she worries that it will prejudice the children that read it, says the LA Times blog.

The LA Times believes that the passage in question is this one: "[John Ferrier] had always determined, deep down in his resolute heart, that nothing would ever induce him to allow his daughter to wed a Mormon. Such marriage he regarded as no marriage at all, but as a shame and a disgrace. Whatever he might think of the Mormon doctrines, upon that one point he was inflexible. He had to seal his mouth on the subject, however, for to express an unorthodox opinion was a dangerous matter in those days in the Land of the Saints."

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