A Pennsylvania state court ruled that Scripture Union was not exempt from state real estate taxes.
Scripture Union is a non-profit organization that distributes bi-monthly publications including a daily guided reading program and commentary on the scriptures. It is not associated with any organized religion. The court concluded that the organization was not eligible for exemption under a state law exempting "purely public charities," since there was no evidence that it provided any of its services gratuitously. Scripture Union v. Deith, 531 A.2d 64 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1987)