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Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney Talks Religious Themes in the Band's Music

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)

Rascal Flatts has made no bones about their Christian faith over the years, and the title cut of their latest record, Changed , speaks to their belief. They've never had anyone really challenge those songs with Christian themes, but Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney admits he feels Christianity needs to be defended at times in the U.S.

"It’s kind of a shame -- and I’m all about religious freedom and speaking your mind about what you believe -- but I feel like Christianity at times gets a bad rap in this country," Joe Don tells the Bangor Daily News . " I think the core of our fans feel the same way we do and that’s something we can hold onto and smile about."

Rascal Flatts continue on their Changed tour October.

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