A peace group near Boston is trying to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from schools, slamming the patriotic oath as reminiscent of “some horrific totalitarian regimes.”

School officials in Brookline, Mass., already allow students to opt-out of a weekly recitation of the pledge, but the Brookline Political Action for Peace wants it banned from town schools entirely, according to the Boston Herald.

Marty Rosenthal, the group’s co-chairman, said the pledge didn’t have any education value and was “literally and psychologically a loyalty oath, reminiscent of McCarthyism or some horrific totalitarian regimes.”

“I’ve spent 40 years in civic involvement. I yield to nobody in patriotism,” Rosenthal, a lawyer, told the Herald.

“The pledge is at odds with America’s most important traditions,” he added.

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