I remember, being in church ( big stone cathedral sized thing) hearing the priest say “ a letter from Paul to the Corinthians” the word was big and powerful with all kinds on meaning , expected to hear the angels shout ahh—ahh whenever it was spoken. Had to be important, whenever I’d ask my parents what it was, I would get scolded and told not to be impertinent! Later found out that was code for “how the hell are we supposed to know?”.
Then I find out Corinthians are just people from Corinth, a city in Greece. Then I begin to wonder, why would Paul send it to everyone in the city? Doesn’t he know their name? Shouldn't it be addressed to uncle Fester or cousin ITT or someone like that?
Catholicism is such a damn confusing thing....
You are using biblical text so by biblical definition Religious people would be about "Religion ... pure and faultless is this: to help widows and orphans in need and avoiding worldly corruption. James 1:27
If a biblical student and follower is being religious for biblical purposes then the are helping widows and orphans in need and avoiding worldly corruption.
The list you gave is just some evil people to avoid if one is following biblical teachings. It does not mean they are being religious because they are avoiding those types of people.
Most christianity is considered to had once been one of those evil types of people. So it is like telling an alcoholic that has recovered and no longer drinking that they show avoid hanging around drunks because they might go back to drinking.