A full eleven days after Andrew Sullivan warned readers again about the “Christianist” menace, the unstoppable Christian hordes seem to have, well, stopped.The latest evidence that the teeming throngs of zealous Puritans aren’t going to establish a Cromwellian commonwealth that crushes freedom and empowers dour church elders to monitor the private lives of Americans comes from an unexpected source: George W. Bush’s two-time choice as vice president, Richard Cheney.Cheny, widely considered the most hard line senior figure in the Bush administration and the darling of national security conservatives across the country, had a strong and clear response to the end of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy in the military. Said the Prince of Darkness, the arch-con of all neo-cons, the eminence grise of the undisclosed location, the Hope of Halliburton and the Unleasher of Rumsfeld, “I think the decision that’s been made with respect to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is a good one.”Someday, Mr. Sullivan, the Christianists may fall upon the forces of freedom in an irresistible horde. Someday the forces of puritanism and reaction may choke the spirit of free inquiry and forbid the teaching of evolution in the nation’s schools. Someday the church ladies and the presbyters may burn all the risque books in the nation’s libraries and ban the showing of all films not rated G. Someday Catholics, gays and Jews may huddle in fear while the thought police and the KKK hunt down dissenters in the streets of our land — but, if I may quote Aragorn son of Arathorn or at least Viggo Mortensen, today is not that day.Tomorrow won’t be that day either. America continues to move in a generally libertarian direction. On economic and cultural issues, that often favors the right, disempowering economic planners and nanny state do-gooders. On personal and social issues it often favors the left, replacing social control and enforced conformity with individual autonomy. There is an angry left that hates the drift toward freer markets and weaker government; there is an angry right that hates modern American permissiveness. Both mix some important insights with some serious errors; both are mostly fighting losing battles.