School District Bans Sherlock Holmes Novel for Anti-Mormon Themes

A Virginia school district has banned a book on the legendary sleuther for how it portrays the Mormon faith.

Last week, the Albemarle County School Board removed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, from its sixth-grade reading list. Several former middle school students opposed the removal of the Victorian-era text, one calling it “the best book I have read so far,” but the mystery novel was nonetheless booted.

Back in May, a parent of a Henley Middle School student complained that the story painted a poor, derogatory picture of Mormons. “A Study in Scarlet has been used to introduce students to the mystery genre,” Brette Stevenson said, adding, “This is our young students’ first inaccurate introduction to an American religion.”

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