I just laugh at these people and their selfishness. This is not just your religion it is our religion. Do they really think that their way is the only way ? Do they really think that our ancient traditions cannot be modernized without dishonoring the Gods and Goddesses or their sense of what is right ? Do we still sacrifice human beings and throw them into peat bogs in Norway as they did centuries ago ? No, of course not ! We progressed past that and moved on to animal sacrifice. I Believe that it is long overdue to move away from that as well and move on to a more personal sacrifice to the Gods and Goddesses. The first Allsherjargodi in Iceland Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson believed that this practice was no longer necessary and I wholly agree with him .
To listen to the traditionalists you would think that we have progressed from horses to cars, from huts to skyscrapers, from planes to spacecraft, but our Gods and Goddesses have remained stagnate and unprogressive, not moving foward but stuck in the images of what we have of them from the Eddas and the Sagas. Is anyone in our religion naive enough to think that the All - Father, Odin, has stopped searching for wisdom and knowledge. Would Odin throw away a better way to do something just because it was in conflict with a traditional way of doing it ? Never ! Nor should we.
Just as our oldest ancestors gave up sacrificing human beings and throwing them into peat bogs to honor the Gods and Goddesses, so, in my opinion, should we give up the practice of animal sacrifice. Do I still sacrifice ? Of course I do ! The difference is I give a personal sacrifice. At the end of all eight of my books that I translated into modern runic is a bloody thumb print. I cut my finger and gave a personal sacrifice, my blood, as did Odin when he hung from Yggdrasil, to our Great Deities. The only thing I have more precious to give them is my life, and they will have that some day as well !
I am an Independent Asatruar and do what I feel the Triad asks of me. I don't want people telling me what to do, and I don't tell others what to do . If you want to still sacrifice in the old manner that is up to you. Just make sure you do it correctly ! To botch an animal sacrifice would be a great dishonor to our Gods and Goddesses ! I however, think it is time to move into the 21st century and bury this ancient practice forever.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !